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Imran Khan blamed accused of selling 10 more expensive gifts

Islamabad, 18 May,2024(GNP): A new investigation report exposed another case against the ex- prime minister and imprisoned PTI founder Imran Khan, this time involving the possession and sale of 10 more expensive gifts worth millions of rupees.

Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have been entangled in two distinct cases related to the Toshakhana, or state gift storeroom.

In one case, the couple received 14-year prison sentences, yet these were suspended by the Islamabad High Court in April.

This development comes after the NAB launched a fresh inquiry into the Toshakhana case including Imran Khan and the former first lady.

The anti-graft watchdog issued call-up notices to Khan and Bushra, along with dispatching a letter to the deputy superintendent of Adiala Jail, requesting their presence for the ongoing investigation earlier this month.

The new case is related to the possession and sale of seven watches, including a Graff watch, and sets of gold and diamond jewelry, all of which were sold without reporting them to the authorities and submitting to Toshakhana.

The report said that the gifts were sold without being registered with the authorities, opposing to the law, which requires all gifts worth more than Rs30,000 to be reported and deposited with the gift storeroom.

The report also explores that the Graff watch, valued at approximately Rs101 million, was sold without being registered, and the buyer was given a private estimate of the watch’s value, which was lower than the actual price.

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The report quotes an official as saying that the investigation found that the estimate was provided by a private value, who did not communicate with the treasury before the sale of the watch. The official added that the sale of the watch was a clear violation of the law.

The report also states that the treasury received 20% of the sale price, which is Rs20.1 million, as a deposit.

The case is the latest in a series of scandals to hit the former prime minister.