Govt unveils new Toshakhana policy
ISLAMABAD: The federal executive banned presidents, high ministers, cupboard participants, judges, civil and army officials from purchasing presents price greater than $300 below new Toshakhana policy, ARY News reported on Tuesday.
The new ‘Toshakhana Procedure for the Acceptance and Disposal of Gifts, 2023’ features a recent set of pointers for ministries and divisions to stick to.
Under the new policy, the federal government has introduced a ban on presents similar to cars, watches, and jewellery price hundreds of thousands of rupees for high-ranking officers together with the president, high minister, cupboard participants, judges, civil and army officials.
“Gift(s) valuing upto USD 300 shall be allowed to be retained by the recipient after due payments as per its assessed market value,” the memo stated. “The gift(s) exceeding this monetory (sic) limit shall straightaway become State/Toshakhana property to be deposited and disposed of according to Toshakhana Procedure.”
Grade 1 to grade 4 staff will be capable of obtain money as presents from overseas dignitaries, it added.
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The new Toshakhana policy has additionally prohibited executive functionaries from receiving presents for his or her spouses or for participants in their households.
The federal executive Sunday declassified the Toshakhana data and uploaded the 466-page knowledge from 2002 to 2023 at the Cabinet Division’s web page.
Those who got presents from Toshakhana come with former presidents, high ministers, ministers and executive officials.
The names that seemed within the publicised Toshakhan data integrated Pervez Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz, Yousaf Raza Gillani, Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Arif Alvi and Shehbaz Sharif.
Former high minister Nawaz Sharif got Mercedes Benz in 2008. The marketplace worth of the luxurious automotive was once Rs4,25,5000 which was once bought at the cost of most effective Rs636,000 from Toshakhana
Moreover, he bought a pitcher set at the cost of Rs43,000 and Rs6,000 paid for a carpet. He paid Rs240,000 for cufflink and an eye price Rs1,200,000. He got a vase price Rs8,000 with out paying any quantity.
Asif Ali Zardari
Former president Asif Ali Zardari paid Rs79,005 for the Jovani watch and horse type price Rs540,000.
He additionally won presents of BMW price Rs5,078,000 and a Toyota Lexus price Rs5,000,000. The former president paid Rs16,100,000 for buying each cars.
He got a portray price Rs10,000 with out paying any quantity.
He bought BMW luxurious automotive at the cost of 4,100,000 in 2009 whose precise marketplace price was once Rs27,300,000.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari won vase price Rs6,500 with out paying any quantity to the exchequer.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif didn’t pay for dozens of things of Toshakhana, together with a cow type (R8,000), decanter (Rs25,000), wall striking (Rs17,000), bowl, dagger (Rs50,000), booklet (Rs10,000), stadium type (Rs15,000), onyx plate (Rs2,200), horse steel sculpture (Rs28,000), chocolate and honey (Rs12,000), jar (Rs10,000), Uzbek merchandise together with books (Rs33,000) and portray (Rs28,000).
PM Shehbaz Sharif paid Rs185,000 for golden vase whose precise worth was once Rs400,000.
The then leader minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif acquire a ornament piece at Rs5,000 whose precise worth was once Rs35,000 in 2013.
Sharif stored ceramic bowl (Rs20,000) and a portray with a body (Rs12,000) with out paying a unmarried penny to the exchequer. Other pieces integrated vase (Rs22,000), Orange Train type (Rs10,000), memento (Rs8,000), honey (Rs1,000), natural tea (Rs3,000), jam (Rs6,000), 3 footballs (Rs15,000), decanter (Rs22,000), Arabian espresso container (Rs26,000), Arabian espresso (Rs26,000), bowl set (Rs10,000), carpet (Rs30,000).
Imran Khan had an extended listing of presents. He retained a Rolex watch valued at Rs 8.5 crore, pair of cufflinks, a pen and one ring via paying most effective Rs two crore. Whereas initially the cufflinks have been valued at Rs 56,70,000, pen Rs 15,00,000 and ring was once priced at 87,50,000, in line with the file.
He additionally retained a picket oud field and two perfumes freed from value. The price of this stuff was once Rs 500,000. He additionally stored for himself a Rolex watch priced Rs 1.5 million via paying most effective Rs 294,000.
While he paid most effective Rs 338,600 for any other presents together with some other Rolex watch valued at Rs 900,000, women watch valued at Rs 400,000, I Phone valued at Rs 210,000, two gentlemen fits priced Rs 30,000, 4 perfumes valued at Rs 35,000, Rs 30,000, Rs 26,000 and Rs 40,000 respectively, a handbag valued Rs 6,000, a women handbag valued at 18,000 and one ball pen priced at Rs 28,000.
What is Toshakhana
Established in 1974, the Toshakhana is a division below the executive regulate of the Cabinet Division and retail outlets treasured presents given to rulers, parliamentarians, bureaucrats, and officers via heads of different governments and states and overseas dignitaries.
As in keeping with the rustic’s law, any present won from dignitaries of a overseas state should be put within the state depository or the Toshakhana.
The Toshakhana controversy stuck media consideration after former high minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was once accused of hiding main points of the presents he won right through his tenure within the executive.
Last yr in June, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had constituted a ministerial committee to revamp the Toshakhana policy.