NAB team from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has traveled to Dubai to gather “requested” evidence against Pakistani President Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan for the sale of Toshakhan’s gifts, specifically an expensive wristwatch he bought for him wears a gift from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The four-man squad was deployed to Dubai after the new NAB chief, retired Lt. Gen. Nazir Ahmad Butt, took over. His predecessor, Aftab Sultan, resigned from his top post, citing “meddling” and “pressure”.
According to sources, the NAB group met with FIA and wanted “global fugitive” Umar Farooq Zahoor, who claimed to have bought a Graff wristwatch for more than $2 million from the last PTI government.
Imran Khan denied the allegations and agreed to sue the buyer.
The Federal Criminal Police Office launched a criminal complaint against Zahoor, who was also wanted by Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, and Pakistan from 2009 to 2010 for various financial and other crimes.
Sources said the NAB team will remain in Dubai for a few more days to collect more evidence of Toshakhan’s gift sales.
According to NAB, during his tenure Imran Khan kept some of the state gifts he received from various foreign dignitaries, including five Rolex watches, an iPhone present by the chief of staff of the Qatar Armed Forces; a pair of cufflinks, a ring; Saudi Crown Prince’s embroidered fabric; Graff gift set including a Graff Master Graff Special Edition Makkah watch an 18k gold and diamond Graff pen, a ring and a pair of cuff links featuring a micrograph of Makkah.
Imran Khan is accused of buying foreign gifts at one-off prices and then reselling them for millions of rupees.