ECP to announce Toshakhana disqualification reference decision tomorrow

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will announce its verdict in the Toshakhana disqualification reference against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Friday.

A notice issued by the ECP directed all the relevant parties or their legal representatives to appear before the commission at its Islamabad office.

Previously, the verdict in the case had been reserved by the ECP on September 19.

The reference was filed against the former premier by the incumbent government for not sharing details pertaining to Toshakhana gifts and the earnings from their alleged sale.

Toshakhana’s rules dictate that gifts received by relevant persons shall be reported to the Cabinet Division.

The PTI had hesitated in revealing these details, contending that doing so would put the country’s international relations in jeopardy.

Legislators from the current ruling coalition, the Pakistan Democratic Movement, had on August 4 filed a reference for Imran Khan’s disqualification under article 62 and 63 of the constitution for hesitating to share the details of gifts received.

The reference was given to the NA speaker, who forwarded it to CEC Sikandar Raja.

The ECP sought a reply from the PTI chairman by early September, wherein Imran Khan admitted to having sold at least four presents which he received while he was the prime minister of the country.

The PTI chairman in his reply stated that he sold the gifts for Rs58 million, which he had procured from the state treasury for Rs21.56 million.

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