Imran Khan, a former prime minister of Pakistan, is charged with corruption for allegedly selling illegally for $2 million (£1.7 million) a special antique watch, a gold pen, a ring, and cufflinks that had been presented to him by Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

A businessman from Dubai named Farooq Zahoor stated on Pakistan’s Geo News on Tuesday that he bought the presents from the former premier’s close buddy in cash in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates.

Khan dismisses the accusations and claims this is an effort to discredit him. He has pledged to file lawsuits against the journalist, the media outlet, and Zahoor for their “character assassination” in courts in London and the United Arab Emirates, claiming he has lost faith in Pakistan’s judicial system.

After the Pakistani election commission (ECP) disqualified and barred Khan from running for office for five years and accused him of making “false statements and incorrect declarations” about gifts he received from foreign leaders while in office, the sale of state gifts by Khan—also known as the Toshakhana issue—became a major national political scandal.

Toshakhana, a term used during the Mughal Empire, referred to the “treasure homes” kept by the princely rulers of the subcontinent to store and display presents showered upon them. The name is now applied to a government division that is in charge of storing presents given to state leaders.

Khan has appealed the decision to disqualify him in front of the Islamabad High Court, and the issue is pending.

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