Govt declassifies Toshakhana records

ISLAMABAD: The federal government declassified the Toshakhana records and uploaded the whole 466-page data from 2002 to 2023 on the Cabinet Division’s website, ARY News reported on Sunday.

Those who acquired gifts from Toshakhana include former presidents, prime ministers, ministers and government officers.

The names that appeared in the publicised Toshakhan records included Pervez Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz, Yousaf Raza Gillani, Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Arif Alvi and Shehbaz Sharif.

Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif-led federal government approved making details of Toshakhana gifts, received over the past two decades, public.

The announcement was made by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on his official Twitter handle.

“The cabinet has allowed the declassification of Toshakhana records. It would soon be posted on the website of the cabinet division,” the minister wrote in a tweet.

As per the country’s law, any gift received from dignitaries of a foreign state must be put in the state depository or the Toshakhana.

Established in 1974, the Tosha­khana is a department under the administrative control of the Cabinet Division and stores precious gifts given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, and officials by heads of other governments and states and foreign dignitaries.

The Toshakhana controversy caught media attention after the former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was accused of hiding details of the gifts he received during his tenure in the government.

Last year in June, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had constituted a ministerial committee to redesign the Toshakhana policy.

The committee was comprised of ministers of defence, law and commerce. The committee also included secretaries of finance, information and foreign affairs. The committee finalised recommendations within a month and submitted a report to the prime minister.


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