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Watches, cars and pineapples: Toshakhana records send Pakistan in frenzy!

The Toshakhana records have triggered many questions in Pakistan as netizens dissect the list, claiming it has exposed many political figures. Meanwhile, both the PML-N and PTI camps are taking shots at each other over the whole Toshakhana debacle. 

Toshakhana records finally being made public have sent Pakistan in frenzy. Many prominent public and political figures have been exposed as the records of Toshakhana gifts from 2002 were made public for the first time in Pakistan’s history.

The Toshakhana records have triggered many questions in Pakistan as netizens dissect the list, claiming it has exposed many political figures. Several Twitter trends are also running since last night on the matter.

The 446-page list contains, former prime ministers, presidents, ministers, bureaucrats, and even children of these officeholders. Both the PML-N and PTI camps are taking shots at each other as well over the whole Toshakhana debacle.

Read more: Imran Khan’s arrest warrant issued in Toshakhana case

Interestingly, PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz, who was previously accused by PTI Chairman Imran Khan of retaining expensive watches from Toshakhana, took one box of pineapple.  The object was not valued due to being perishable and nothing was paid for retention.

Moreover, Maryam Nawaz has decided to take legal action against those who spread fake news about her taking gifts from Toshakhana.

PML-N has become the target of intense criticism by PTI as many PML-N leaders, including their family members have taken gifts from Toshakhana, for instance, Hussain Nawaz, son of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Hussain Nawaz retained a Rolex Watch despite never holding public office. Similarly, watches were also retained by the sons of former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Details of gifts received by former Prime Minister Imran Khan were also revealed. Imran Khan received five precious wristwatches, including a Graff watch, worth Rs3.8 million. He retained these gifts in Oct 2018 after paying a sum of Rs0.754m.

Furthermore, both former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari are getting criticized on social media for retaining luxury cars. For instance, Asif Ali Zardari retained one BMW 760 Li white (security version) on Jan 26, 2009. The value of the car was fixed at Rs27.3 million while the former president retained it after paying a little more than Rs4m. Meanwhile, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif acquired Mercedes Benz in 2008. The market price of the luxury car was Rs4,25,5000 which was purchased at the price of only Rs636,000 from Toshakhana.

Read more: Toshakhana case against Zardari, Gilani, Nawaz sent back to NAB