Govt declassifies Toshakhana records

ISLAMABAD: Former presidents, prime ministers, ministers, and other government officials were among those who received gifts from Toshakhana. The federal government declassified the records of Toshakhana and uploaded the entire 466-page set on the website of the Cabinet Division.

Pervez Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz, Yousaf Raza Gillani, Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Arif Alvi, and Shehbaz Sharif were among the people whose names appeared in the Toshakhan records that were made public.

The federal government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had previously approved making public the details of Toshakhana gifts received over the past two decades Govt declassifies Toshakhana records.

On his official Twitter handle, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif made the announcement.

Toshakhana records have been declassified with permission from the cabinet. In a tweet, the minister stated, “It would soon be posted on the website of the cabinet division.”

Gifts from foreign dignitaries must be placed in the Toshakhana or the state depository, according to the country’s law.

The Tosha­khana pakistan, a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division that was established in 1974, stores priceless gifts presented to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, and officials by heads of other states and governments as well as foreign dignitaries.

After Imran Khan, the former prime minister and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was accused of concealing details about the gifts he received while serving in the government, the Toshakhana controversy gained media attention.

To redesign the Toshakhana policy, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif established a ministerial committee in June of that year. Pakistan Toshakhana record

Ministers of commerce, law, and defense were on the committee. The secretaries of finance, information, and foreign affairs were also on the committee. Within a month, the committee completed its recommendations and delivered a report to the prime minister.



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