Toshakhana case: Former Pak PM Imran Khan, his wife get relief from Islamabad HC as it terms notices ‘illegal’


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Toshakhana Case: In a recent development, former Pakistan Prime Minister Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have got some relief in the Toshakhana case as the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued a warrant issued by the National Accountability Bureau. Notices have been announced. (NAB) as “illegal”.

The petition filed by Khan and his wife was heard by a two-member bench of IHC comprising Chief Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Babar Sattar, which declared the notices illegal.

In its judgment, the IHC bench held that NAB is entitled to take a specific position as the petitioners did not appear in response to the notices. However, it ruled that the notices were not in accordance with the law. The former prime minister’s latest victory came during the hearing of his and Bushra Bibi’s pleas challenging the call-up notices issued by the anti-corruption watchdog on February 17 and March 16.

According to Pakistani media, the petitions filed under Section 19 of the National Accountability (Second Amendment) Act 2022 asked the court to declare the NAB call-up notices illegal as well as take disciplinary action against the petitioners based on the call-up. said for notice

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What did the verdict say?

The judgment said that the former prime minister was found to be involved in corrupt practices under Article 167 and 173 of the Constitution. A case has been registered against him for allegedly filing a false statement. NAB’s action comes after Dubai businessman Umar Farooq Zahoor claimed that the PTI government had sold former Prime Minister Imran Khan an expensive graph watch gifted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which was worth around Rs 280 at the time. million is Rs. Sales in 2019.

What is Toshakhana?

Under the rules governing “toshakhana” — a Persian word meaning “treasure house” — government officials can keep gifts if they have a low value, while they must pay a lower fee to the government for junk items. , reports The News International.

Toshakhana has been under the microscope ever since allegations emerged that the PTI chairman bought the gifts he received as the country’s prime minister at cut rates and sold them in the open market for a profit.

(with ANI inputs)

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