Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has been disqualified by the Election Commission of Pakistan after it found him guilty of failing to disclose information about gifts he received from the Toshakhana during his time as prime minister and the money earned from their sale.
Khan was found to be unfit for office by a five-member panel led by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja.
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Security in the Red Zone of the federal capital has been on high alert all day in preparation for a PTI demonstration, and at least 1,100 police officers have been stationed there under the supervision of a senior superintendent of police to maintain law and order.
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, speaker of the National Assembly, referred the Toshakhana referral filed for Imran’s disqualification to the ECP at the behest of other members of the ruling coalition. They claimed in the reference that Imran Khan failed to report the income from the sale of gifts he received from Toshakhana in his assets. Imran Khan’s disqualification under Article 62-1 was the focus of the reference made under Article 63 of the Constitution (f).
During the Mughal Empire, the “treasure houses” retained by the princely rulers of the subcontinent to preserve and display presents heaped on them were known as “Toshakhana,” a government department.
All gifts must be disclosed by public authorities, however those worth less than a specific amount may be kept. More pricey items must be sent to Toshakhana, but in some situations the recipient may be able to purchase them back at a discount of about 50% of their worth, up from 20% when Khan was in office.