ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken a significant step in the Toshakhana case, forming a prosecution team to address fresh allegations against Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), and his wife, Bushra Bibi. Heading this initiative is NAB’s Deputy Prosecution General (Accountability), Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi, alongside special prosecutors Irfan Ahmed Bola, Sohail Arif, and Owais Arshad.
The case, filed on December 19, revolves around accusations that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi retained a jewelry set received from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, against an undervalued assessment. The NAB team is set to participate in a hearing at Adiala Jail, where Imran Khan is currently incarcerated.
The reference indicates that during Imran Khan’s term as prime minister, he and his wife received a total of 108 gifts from various heads of states and foreign dignitaries. Out of these gifts, the couple allegedly retained 58 against an undervalued amount exceeding Rs142 million.
Specifically addressing the Graff jewelry set from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the reference outlines that NAB’s chairman delegated inquiry powers to the director general of NAB, Rawalpindi, on August 1, 2022. The inquiry was later upgraded to an investigation on July 14, 2023.
The reference further alleges that Bushra Bibi, in collaboration with Imran Khan, violated procedural norms by not depositing the gift at Toshakhana before its retention. It asserts that undue influence was exerted to undervalue the jewelry set, which was retained against an inadequate assessment.
To ensure a comprehensive evaluation, NAB engaged an expert from the Diamond and Jewelry industry, Imran Bashir of Rainbow Impex FZE, Dubai. This move underscores the gravity of the allegations and the meticulous approach NAB is taking in investigating the case.