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Marriyum Aurangzeb berates Imran Khan over Toshakhana controversy


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ISLAMABAD: Newly elected Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that former prime minister Imran Khan did not earn as much as he earned from the Toshakhana in his entire life. She said that Imran Khan ran a business from the prime minister’s chair.

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday, Aurangzeb criticised Imran Khan for saying “mera tohfa, meri marzi (my gift, my choice)” adding that it was Pakistan’s gift and not his personal property.

She alleged that Imran Khan’s income grew double-fold after he sold items from the Toshakhana.

The information minister said that the PTI chairman will have to show the money trail and the receipts as the Toshakhana gifts cannot be sold.

 “The PTI-led government introduced a law to procure gifts from the Toshakhana at 50% of its original cost, but despite the law being introduced during their tenure, Imran Khan purchased the gift at 20% of the cost,” she said.

Praising the PML-N government, Aurangzeb went on to say that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif started working within five days after assuming office as the premier because the country’s economy, foreign policy, and development projects were in the worst condition.

The information minister went on to say that a campaign is being launched against state institutions through “robotics tweets” and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been instructed to take action against them.

“Immediate action will be taken against those who are behind these tweets and robotics machines will be identified soon,” added the minister.

Talking about the former first lady of Pakistan Bushra Bibi, Aurangzeb said that she made an entry in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) tax return back in 2018 using her old name.

“For the first time in Pakistan, a thief and an incompetent prime minister has been removed constitutionally through a no-confidence motion,” she said, adding that “excessive expenditure on sugar increased its prices; flour had to be imported after it was smuggled and PTI’s minister looted medicines.”

Talking about the PTI chairman’s former adviser on accountability and interior Shahzad Akbar, the PML-N leader said that he has fled the country and the government knows how to bring him back to Pakistan.

She further said that if there was no evidence against Bushra Bibi’s close friend Farah Khan, she wouldn’t have escaped.

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