16 November, Islamabad, Pakistan (ANI): According to a Dubai-based trader, the former PTI administration sold a Graff wristwatch given to then-Prime Minister Imran Khan by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in 2019 for USD 2 million, or around Rs 280 million, according to Dawn.
The issue becomes important since the selling of the Toshakhana presents that Imran Khan received has turned into a national political controversy. According to businessman Umar Farooq Zahoor, Farah Khan, a close friend of Bushra Bibi, Khan’s wife, met with him in Dubai and was immediately interested in the expensive watches since they were “unique and precious.”
“[She] explained the background of the watch and stated that Imran Khan received them as a gift from the Saudi Prince. He stated, “She claimed she wanted to sell these for Imran and his wife.
When Zahoor first saw the watch, he was amazed since it was a “limited edition piece, very uncommon in the globe,” he remembered. According to Dawn, he claimed to have had the watch appraised as well.
The PTI intended to sell the watch for $4 to $5 million, but after some haggling, he claimed, “I bought it for $2 million,” adding that Farah Khan insisted on cash payments.
After the Election Commission of Pakistan disqualified the leader of the PTI for making “false statements and erroneous declarations,” the Toshakhana controversy surrounding the sale of state goods that Imran Khan had received became a significant thorn in the side of national politics.
In an interview with Geo News, Zahoor was quoted by Dawn as saying, “In March 2019, former accountability minister Shahzad Akber said he had a set of watches and if I was interested, I should reach out to Farah [Khan] (a close aide of Imran’s wife Bushra Bibi) as she needed help and didn’t have any asset buyers.
However, Akber vehemently denied ever meeting or speaking with Zahoor.
In a late-night tweet on Tuesday, Akber said, ” It is said that they are utilizing an individual against Imran Khan, whose citizenship has been denied by Norway because of his wrongdoings, who is needed by Interpol, who has perpetrated misrepresentation in different nations and who has snuck his little girls to Dubai utilizing produced reports.”
He likewise guaranteed that a “misleading case” had been enlisted on Zahoor’s grievance last month in Islamabad’s Secretariat Police headquarters against him and the whole group of a previous FIA chief who was researching a tax evasion body of evidence against State leader Shehbaz Sharif. Akber demanded that the FIR be held up unlawfully since Zahoor was out of the country.
Prior on September 19, in the Toshakhana case hearing, Imran Khan’s advice Ali Zafar conceded that his client had sold something like four presents he had gotten during 2018-19.
The gifts were sold for Ps 58 million and their receipts were encased with the annual government forms recorded by my client,” the legal counselor informed the ECP.
The gifts referenced incorporate a precious stone MasterGraff Tourbillon Minute Repeater with Makkah map dial GM2751, jewel sleeve fasteners with 2.l2ct H IF and 2. llct I In the event that round precious stones GR46899, a precious stone gentlemen ring 7.2octs, VVSI rose gold pen set with clear precious stones and a lacquer Makkah Guide, First light revealed.
In the meantime, in August,
Pakistan Popularity-based Development (PDM) recorded the reference guaranteeing that Khan had paid for just a few things that he brought back home from the Toshakhana’. In any case, most things that he took from the public authority treasury were done as such without paying for them.
In the reference, it was affirmed that Khan didn’t reveal the gifts he took and disguised the data in his articulations, detailed Geo news. (ANI)