Imran Khan, the former Pakistani prime minister, will be charged on February 7 in the Toshakhana case
Imran Khan, the former prime minister, will be charged in the Toshakhana case on February 7, according to a Pakistani court's announcement on Tuesday.
Khan, a 70-year-old former cricketer who is now a politician, is being investigated for purchasing presents from the government's official repository, Toshakhana, at a discount and then reselling them for a profit, including a pricey Graff timepiece.
According to the daily The Express Tribune, supplementary sessions court judge Zafar Iqbal heard the case on Tuesday and set the indictment date for February 7.
According to the article, Khan was also had to post a bail of Rs 20,000.
On October 21 of last year, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader allegedly made "false claims and erroneous disclosures" about these presents, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
When it came to the Toshakhana case, the ECP later banned him for making "false assertions and erroneous declarations."
The presents were acquired from the Toshakhana, the state repository founded in 1974, for Rs 21.5 million based on their assessed value, even though they were worth around Rs 108 million, according to the ECP data.
In accordance with Pakistani legislation, gifts from outside must be placed in the Toshakhana, or treasury, for appraisal before being given to the receiver.
Government employees must declare any gifts they receive, but there is a minimum amount below which they are not compelled to divulge the entire value.
Although the receiver may be able to purchase them back at a discount of up to 50%, larger presents are delivered to Toshakhana.
The former prime minister acknowledged selling at least four gifts he acquired while serving as leader in a written response on September 8 of last year. The only Prime Minister of Pakistan to be removed in a no-confidence vote in April 2022 was Khan, who assumed office in 2018.
Since his departure, he has increased pressure on the government, headed by current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, to call early elections.