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Imran Khan & Bushra Bibi face fraud charge in Toshakhana case

The FIR stated that the accused presented fake receipts for buying and selling Toshakhana gifts.

In a major development, former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were booked in a fraud case registered at Islamabad’s Kohsar Police station for making “fake receipts” in selling state gifts.

According to the details, the case was registered under fake receipt and cheating sections against PTI chairman Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi, Shahzad Akbar, Zulfi Bukhari and Farah Gogi.

The First Information Report (FIR) stated that the accused presented fake receipts for buying and selling Toshakhana gifts and fraudulently used his forged signature for the alleged deal.

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The complainant, who is a local watch dealer, has claimed that the investigation proved that the accused had prepared fake receipts on his name on a fake letterhead of his shop—that was used to sell Toshakhana gifts.

Last year, the ECP, while announcing the verdict in the Toshakhana reference, had disqualified Imran Khan by stating that Imran Khan submitted a false affidavit and was found involved in corrupt practices.

In the verdict, ECP also declared that Khan had made “false statements and incorrect declarations, therefore he has also committed the offense of corrupt practices defined under Sections 167 and 173 of the Elections Act, 2017”.

According to Toshakhana rules, gifts/presents and other such materials received by persons to whom these rules apply shall be reported to the Cabinet Division. Amid this backdrop, Imran Khan is accused of concealing information about the gift of watches by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in his statement of assets submitted in 2018-2019.

Last month, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered a local court to stop indictment proceedings against PTI chief and former premier Imran Khan in the Toshakhana (gift repository). Imran had filed a plea with the high court challenging the maintainability of criminal proceedings against him in the Toshakhana case.

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