IHC Suspends Imran Khan’s Toshakhana Case

IHC Suspends Imran Khan’s Toshakhana Case

On August 29, 2023, IHC (Islamabad High Court) suspended Imran Khan’s Toshakhana Case and ordered to release him on bail.

After suspending the sentence, the lawyers chanted slogans in favor of Imran Khan outside the Islamabad High Court, demanding the release of the PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) chairman on an immediate response.

PTI workers started celebrations on social media and in different regions of Pakistan and are expected to honor their leader with a warm welcome after the release.

One of the PTI delegates, a senior attorney, Sardar Latif Khosa, led the case and was seen as very determined throughout.

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Sources said that another case, a cipher, is expected to be filed against Imran Khan to ensure his re-arrest. However, a senior advocate, Aitzaz Ahsan, tweeted that all the 200 cases registered against the chairman of PTI are fake.

Sources also claimed the opposition wanted to keep Imran Khan in prison before the election to dominate and remain in the government for the next five years.

Note that no Prime Minister in Pakistan has completed his/her five-year term yet. Despite its massive popularity, PTI could not survive five years of tenure and is said to have been removed through the regime change operation.

The news in Pakistan has created turmoil in opposition parties. In contrast, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers are celebrating and expecting the release of its chairman.

What is Toshakhana?

Toshakhana refers to a Persian word meaning “Treasure House,” a department under the administrative control of the cabinet division where precious gifts are stored that are given to the rulers, bureaucrats, and parliamentarians by other governments as goodwill gestures.

In the gifts, a valuable worth ranging from bulletproof cars, expensive paintings, gold-plated souvenirs, watches, swords, ornaments, rugs, etc.

Under the rules governing Toshakhana, Government officials can keep gifts if the value is not high, while they are obliged to pay dramatically lower fees if the amount exceeds certain thresholds.