Former information minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry has defended former prime minister Imran Khan’s action of selling a watch that he received as a state gift during his prime ministership, saying that there is nothing wrong with selling state gifts.
“If the watch was Khan’s and he sold it, what is wrong with it,” Fawad Chaudhry asked, saying that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was trying to malign Imran Khan through such allegations. “He should pay attention the issues facing the country,” the former minister said.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was on Thursday quoted as confirming that his predecessor Imran Khan kept the gifts that were supposed to be in the Toshakhana and sold them in Dubai.
He was quoted as telling journalists during an Iftar in Islamabad that Khan sold these gifts Rs140 million in Dubai. According to Shehbaz Sharif, these gifts included diamond jewellery sets, bracelets and wrist watches.
Earlier, investigation against former prime minister Imran Khan in a case pertaining to the receipt of expensive state gifts reportedly began, with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) coming into action.
According to reports, a necklace Imran Khan received as a gift during his prime ministership was not sent to the tosha-khana (state gift repository), but given to former special assistant Zulfi Bokhari, who sold it to a jeweller in Lahore for Rs18 crore. A few lac rupees are said to be submitted in the tosha-khana by the then government in lieu of the gift, due to which the FIA has begun its probe into the matter.