Religious scholars from Jamia Naeemia have declared that buying and selling any gifts or items on lower rates from Toshakhan is against the Islamic laws and strictly prohibited according to Sharia.
The ruling came from renowned Islamic institution of Pakistan after the Federal Government released the list of Toshakhana received, retained and sale gifts by Public office holders from 2002 to 2023.
The 21 year record of Toshakhana gifts and items include notable names from history of Pakistani government including Imran Khan, Shahbaz Shareef, President Dr Alvi, Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf (late), Shaukat Aziz, Yousaf Raza Gillani, Nawaz Shareef, Raja Pervez Ashraf and other federal ministers.
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Sunnah of Holy Prophet PBUH
Regarding the list of names and items of ToshaKhana, Jamia Naeemia scholars quoted the Sunnah of Holy Prophet (PBUH) that He warned about keeping any gift given to person holding the governmental position.
As per Hadith, religious scholars emphasized that any gift given to a person or institute holding a position of government belongs to state and should be consider as treasure of state, not as personal belonging.
The scholars also mentioned about current Toshakhana laws contrary to Islamic ruling and clarified that it is not allowed for any official to keep any gift items or buy them after paying 20 to 25% of amount. If a ruler or government official conceals a gift it goes against the law and can lead to arrest, they added.
The Religious scholars stated that gifts belongs to country and should be serve for public welfare. They also explained that obtaining any item from government treasury is considered as betrayel and those involved in such activities should be held accountable.
As per the details of ruling, if a government official wishes to buy any Toshakhana item or gift, they must pay full market value of item. Otherwise taking any item as gift or just by paying half amount is totally a wrong doing.
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The Fatwa also added that, if a foreign official visits the country, he should be gifted from Toshakhana gifts. Not from personal money or pockets of current government rulers. The responsibility of giving gifts to foreign leaders is also responsibility of state treasury.