ISLAMABAD: Two lower-ranking security officers, a constable and a sepoy, set an example by depositing the gifts in Toshakhana in 2019, when everyone from the prime minister to the president to federal ministers was keeping the gifts they received while traveling abroad.
According to the Cabinet Division’s Toshakhana report, Sepoy Atiq ur Rehman, the SSG gunman, and Constable Malik Qasim Mehmood received wristwatches from the Paul Picot Company in December 2019, each with an estimated value of Rs120,000. Toshakhana was where the presents were left by the two security guards. Prime Minister Imran Khan went to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in December 2019.
The report has covered a number of interesting events. The former chief minister of Punjab, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, was given a tractor, a motorcycle, a buffalo, and a calf as gifts. He said he had gifts, but he didn’t put them in the bank or pay the retention fee.
The majority of government officials who received expensive and valuable gifts have kept them, according to the report. In contrast, less valuable gifts have either been auctioned or deposited in Toshakhana. The officials who received the gifts during their foreign visits kept more than 90% of those reflected in the report Two security guards set an example by presenting gifts to Toshakhana.
Gifts received by government officials, including Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf, the then-prime minister, ministers, and military officials who accompanied the then-rulers, were retained in their entirety during the regime of the former military dictator Pervez Musharraf. Between the years 2002 and 2008, Toshakhana received a total of 2,249 gifts, 70 of which were sold at auction.