The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has started flexing its muscles to launch an investigation against former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Toshakhana scandal, TV channel 24NewsHD reported.
In this regard, the FIA has constituted a five-member committee comprising officers from Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi zones for investigation.
The Inquiry Committee will apply for the payment and sale of Toshakhana gifts.
In August 2022, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf sent a reference to the Election Commission of Pakistan under Articles 62A, 63A and 223, seeking former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s disqualification in light of the Toshakhana scam.
The disqualification reference was filed by Ali Gohar Khan, PMLN’s Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha and five others.
The 28-page reference identified 52 gift items of Toshakhana received by the former prime minister Khan, in violation of the law and rules, taken away at nominal prices and most of the gifts were sold in the market, including some precious watches.
The appraised value of the gifts has been put at Rs 142,042,100. The gifts were received between August 2018 and December 2021.
Meanwhile, The National Accountability Bureau on Friday took notice of former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan’s Toshakhana scandal.
According to sources, the anti-graft watchdog would seek payment and sale of Toshakhana gifts. The Toshakhana record would also be sought from the cabinet division.
The watchdog would investigate the transaction of the income received by Imran Khan through the sale of Toshakhana gifts.
Sources said the NAB chairman would form a special team to pursue the case. The team will be instructed to complete the Toshakhana case against Imran Khan within a specified time frame. NAB started taking stock of the Toshakhana scandal against Imran.
Sources said it has been decided to take action against the former prime minister after the watchdog received complaints of huge embezzlement in the gifts offered by foreign dignitaries.
It is expected that legal action will be taken against Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi and former ministers in the next few days.
It has also been decided to include officials from the previous government in the investigation.
Sources revealed that there is a clear difference in the number of declared gifts offered to Imran Khan and the members of his previous cabinet and the money.