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Election Commission disqualifies Imran Khan in Toshakhana Case

The Election Commission of Pakistan has been disqualified Imran Khan in the Toshakhana Case. The ECP, in a unanimous decision, found the former premier guilty of “corrupt acts” and disqualified him from being a member of parliament. Khan recently won six seats in the National Assembly in the elections held on October 16, 2022.

PTI workers and supporters rejected the decision and started protesting in various cities resulting in traffic jams and blockades. They also burnt tires at various locations and termed the case as another failed attempt to oust Khan from what was seen as political.

Scores of Khan’s supporters chanted slogans against the government and Election Commission authorities on Friday.

What Does the Election Commission Say?

The written declaration stated that the respondent “willfully and willfully” violated the provisions contained therein. [in] section 137, 167 and 173 of the Elections Act, 2017, because he “made a false statement (sic) and incorrect declaration before the Commission of the statement of assets and liabilities filed by him for the year 2020-21”.

Faisal Chaudhry, the face of PTI’s legal team told the media that they will challenge the Islamabad High Court’s verdict and wait for the election commission to issue a detailed verdict. He said that the PTI will question the scope of the commission in giving that verdict.

“We will challenge their jurisdiction, their mandate to issue this decision,” he said.

What is the Toshakhana Case?

Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, a PML-N lawmaker filed a case against Khan in August, arguing that Imran Khan bought gifts received from foreign dignitaries from Toshakhana but did not disclose them to declarations submitted to the commission.

The Toshakhana controversy erupted last year when some media outlets highlighted that Imran Khan was selling gifts bought from Toshakhana in the market at discounted prices. Interestingly, in an interview with senior anchor Nadeem Malik, Khan himself revealed that he sold a watch to build the fence around his residence in Bani Gala.

To stoke suspicions, the PTI has shown reluctance to reveal details of gifts received by Khan, saying it could damage Pakistan’s external relations.

The government created the Toshakhana, which literally means gift repository, in 1970 to record gifts received by government officials from foreign dignitaries. According to Toshakhana rules, all gifts received from foreign signatories must be submitted to the department. However, the recipient of the gift has the option of purchasing the gift after paying a fraction of the estimated value. Buying and selling gifts is not strictly illegal. However, political opponents have questioned it on ethical and moral grounds. The recent decision of the election commission is expected to increase political instability in Pakistan.

Terms of Disqualification

Legal experts are divided on the disqualification term. Azam Nazeer Tarar, federal law minister said that the election commission has disqualified Imran Khan for five years. However, Kanwar Dilshad, former secretary of the commission opposed this version and said that the disqualification is for “time” only.
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