Govt refuses to share particulars of presents acquired by PM Imran Khan

Particular Assistant to the PM on Political Communications Dr Shahbaz Gill addrsssing a press convention in Lahore, on October 30, 2020. Photograph: PID
  • Releasing lists of presents and evaluating them with these of different nations is taken into account inappropriate, says Shahbaz Gill. 
  • Throughout PTI govt, a 50% worth of the reward is deposited on the treasury, says Gill.
  • Presents from different nations didn’t disappear and won’t accomplish that throughout the PTI’s tenure, says PM’s aide. 

ISLAMABD: The federal authorities has mentioned that presents acquired by the prime minister of Pakistan from one other nation are neither marketed nor in contrast with that of one other nation. 

This was mentioned by Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication, Dr Shahbaz Gill, Monday in a tweet. Gill was responding to a debate on social media in regards to the authorities sustaining secrecy over particulars of presents acquired by PM Imran Khan from different heads of states. 

Gill mentioned that releasing lists of presents and evaluating them with these of different nations is taken into account inappropriate, particularly by Islamic nations with whom Pakistan enjoys brotherly relations.

The SAPM mentioned that normally PM Imran Khan deposits such presents to the Toshakhana, nonetheless, if he needs to retain them with him, he has to pay an quantity for it. 

However he didn’t elaborate what specific presents have been retained and what have been deposited within the Toshakhana.

“Throughout earlier tenures, a 15% quantity was paid for such presents; nonetheless, throughout the PTI authorities, a 50% worth of the reward is deposited to the treasury,” he mentioned. 

Taking a jibe at previous rulers, Gill mentioned that presents from different nations didn’t disappear and won’t accomplish that throughout the PTI’s tenure. 

Govt challenges order to share particulars

The federal government has refused to share details about the PM’s presents and likewise challenged the order of the Info Fee relating to sharing this data with a citizen. 

The Cupboard Division is of the view that launch of such particulars will create pointless media hype and information, and it might additionally influence relations with pleasant nations.

Circumstances are pending in Pakistani courts towards former prime ministers and a president together with Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Yusuf Raza Gilani relating to presents acquired by them throughout official excursions. 

Nawaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari and Yusuf Raza Gilani are named in a reference for allegedly acquiring luxurious automobiles from the treasury by paying 15% of the particular worth. 

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