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Trial court summons Imran Khan in Toshakhana case today

ISLAMABAD: A trial court in Islamabad issued on Monday a notice to PTI chairman Imran Khan and directed him to appear in court today (Nov 22) in the Toshakhana Reference.

In Toshakhana case the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had disqualified former prime minister Imran Khan.

The coalition government has filed the reference alleging that Imran had not shared details of the gifts he retained from the Toshakhana and proceeds from their sales in August this year.

Earlier, ECP submitted a copy of the reference in court requesting criminal proceedings be initiated against the former premier. It will be heard by Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal today.

In Oct this year, the ECP had observed that the former prime minister had made “false statements and incorrect declarations” about the gifts and this prompted protests nationwide by the PTI.

The ECP, therefore, disqualified Imran Khan under Article 63(1)(p) of the Constitution.

In the reference, District Election Commissioner Waqas Ahmed Malik said that Imran had submitted documents of his assets and liabilities for the years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Malik said that to verify these claims of Imran Khan, the ECP obtained Imran’s statement of assets/liabilities from the State Bank and the Toshakhana record of gift items as well through the Cabinet Secretariat.

“From the perusal of the record, it reveals that for the year 2018-2019 the gift items were purchased on the payment of Rs21,564,600 from the Toshakhana on the basis of assessed value. The total value of gift items was Rs107,943,000.”

Javed Mahmood
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