October 3, 2023

PM forms committee to formulate, propose new Toshakhana policy


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday formed a committee to formulate and propose a new Toshakhana policy.
This was announced by Secretary Cabinet Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera in a tweet along with a notification of Cabinet Division dated June 24.
“It’s (committee) been given one month to complete the task, with directions that it should be more open, transparent, having appropriate provision for declassification, & in line with int’l best practices,” Sukhera further wrote in the tweet.
As per the notification, the following Terms of Reference (ToRs) have been specified for the committee:
The committee comprises 12 members including the Minister for Defence as the Convener, and the Additional Secretary of the Cabinet Division as the Secretary to the Committee.
Other members include Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) Syed Tariq Fatemi; the Ministers for Commerce, and Law and Justice; the Secretaries of the Cabinet Division and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Law and Justice, and Information and Broadcasting; Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed and the former DG of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Aftab Sultan.
The Toshakhana case hit the headlines last year, after the PIC accepted an application on the matter and directed the Cabinet Division to provide the information about the gifts received by the then prime minister, Imran Khan from foreign dignitaries.
However, the Cabinet Division challenged the PIC order in the IHC, claiming that it was “illegal”. The then government took the position that the disclosure of any information related to Toshakhana might jeopardise Pakistan’s international relations.

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