Former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan had his request for personal exemption from Friday’s hearing in the Toshakhana corruption case denied by a Pakistani court on Thursday.
On Thursday, Khan, who is 70 years old, was scheduled to appear in person before the Additional District and Sessions Court in Islamabad.
After Khan was banned from running for office by the Election Commission of Pakistan for making false statements and erroneous declarations regarding the sale of state gifts he had received, the Toshakhana issue quickly became a big topic in national politics.
It has been alleged that Khan utilized state funds to purchase and resell presents worth over Rs 140 million (USD 635,000) that he acquired on official state visits overseas while serving as prime minister from 2018 to 2022.
The Toshakhana is an agency run by the Cabinet Division that safeguards the priceless presents presented to monarchs, legislators, bureaucrats, and officials by their counterparts in other countries.
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