Pakistan’s Lahore High Court has fixed April 12 as the date for hearing the Toshakhana corruption case against former Prime Minister Imran Khan. According to ‘Dawn’ newspaper, a five-member bench headed by Justice Shahid Bilal Hasan will hear the petition. The court will allow both the parties to present their arguments in this matter.
Toshakhana accused of selling gifts
Toshakhana is a government department in Pakistan, where gifts given by heads of other governments, foreign dignitaries to the President, Prime Minister, MPs, bureaucrats and officials are kept. Imran Khan is accused of buying the gifts kept in the Toshakhana at a low price while being the Prime Minister and then earning profit by selling them. There are allegations that in the year 2018, as the PM of the country, he had received many valuable gifts during his visit to Europe and especially Arab countries. Allegedly, Imran did not declare many gifts, while many gifts were bought at a much lower price than the original and went out and sold at a higher price.
Election Commission found guilty
Finding Imran Khan guilty in this case, the Election Commission disqualified him and also banned him from contesting elections for five years. However, later the High Court overturned this decision of the Commission. The court had said that Imran Khan is not eligible for election. There should be one standard for all. There is no need to be in a hurry in this matter.