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  • Maryam Nawaz lashes out at PM Imran Khan, accuses him of “eating up” Toshakhana presents.
  • Gill responds to Maryam Nawaz, says Pakistan ranks significantly better on World Starvation Index regardless of COVID and its impression on economies. 
  • Govt refuses to share particulars of presents acquired by PM from different nations. 

Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill lashed out at PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz for criticising the Prime Minister over his Rehmatulil Alameen speech from October 19.

Addressing the Rehmatulil Alameen Convention on Tuesday, the Prime Minister Imran Khan had highlighted examples from the lifetime of Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his followers, particularly in issues of governance, accountability and morality. 

PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz referenced a well-known quote by Hazrat Umar (RA) who feared God would maintain him liable for dereliction of responsibility on the Day of Judgment even when a canine died hungry on the banks of the River Euphrates. 

“Hazrat Umar Farooq (RA) held himself accountable for even a single kurta and chadar (sheet of clothing), while you ate up the Toshakhana gifts? And at the same time, you defiantly said you will not hold yourself accountable?” she wrote. 

Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill attacked the PML-N vice-president in response to her tweet, saying that in the course of the PML-N’s tenure, Pakistan ranked quantity 106 out of 119 on the World Starvation Index. 

“Whereas today, when globally economies are collapsing and hunger is prevalent almost everywhere, Pakistan is ranked at number 92 on the Global Hunger Index,” he acknowledged. 

Gill had acknowledged earlier as properly that the federal government won’t launch particulars of the presents acquired by the Prime Minister, including that they’re neither marketed nor in contrast with that of one other nation.

Gill had responded to a debate on social media concerning the authorities sustaining secrecy over particulars of presents acquired by PM Imran Khan from different heads of state.

Gill had mentioned that releasing lists of presents and evaluating them with these of different nations is taken into account inappropriate, particularly by Islamic nations with whom Pakistan enjoys brotherly relations.

The SAPM had mentioned that normally PM Imran Khan deposits such presents to the Toshakhana, nonetheless, if he wishes to retain them with him, he has to pay an quantity for it.

However he had not elaborated as to which explicit presents have been retained and what was deposited to the Toshakhana.

“During previous tenures, a 15% amount was paid for such gifts; however, during the PTI government, a 50% price of the gift is deposited to the treasury,” he had mentioned.

Taking a jibe at previous rulers, Gill had mentioned that presents from different nations didn’t disappear and won’t achieve this in the course of the PTI’s tenure. 

Govt refuses to share Toshakhana particulars

The federal government has refused to share details about the PM’s presents and in addition challenged the order of the Data Fee concerning sharing this info with a citizen.

The Cupboard Division is of the view that the discharge of such particulars will create pointless media hype and information, and it might additionally impression relations with pleasant nations.

Circumstances are pending in Pakistani courts in opposition to former prime ministers and a president, together with Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Yusuf Raza Gilani over presents acquired by them throughout official excursions.

Nawaz, Zardari and Gilani are named in a reference for allegedly acquiring luxurious autos from the treasury by paying 15% of the particular value. 

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