The role of Graff House in the Toshakhana Scandal

In the Toshakhana case, new evidence is emerging against former Prime Minister Imran Khan as the political landscape in Pakistan becomes murkier.

The role of Graff House in the Toshakhana Scandal

In the Toshakhana case, new evidence is emerging against former Prime Minister Imran Khan as the political landscape in Pakistan becomes murkier.

Imran Khan received a special present from Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman that included a watch, gold pen, ring, and cufflinks. According to news reports, Farah Gogi and Shahzad Akbar allegedly sold a pricey Graff wristwatch given to Imran Khan by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Rs. 2 billion to a businessman in Dubai. The current government alleges that they were sold for as little as 2 million dollars.

However, according to PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, the Toshakhana present was “legally” sold “in the market”. He gave an explanation of the Graff watch in the media interview. Toshakhana gifts, which are gifts from foreign notables and dignitaries given to senior state and government officials and stored in a “treasure-house” Or Toshakhana, are typically regarded as the state’s property and are only accessible to the political and bureaucratic elites, both civilian and military, as well as judges of the superior judiciary. Although the future of the Graff Watch and cufflinks is in dwindle, let’s delve deeper and learn more about what a Graff Watch is specifically and what significance it holds.

Graff is a British multinational jeweller with headquarters in London. Laurence Graff, a British jeweller, founded it in 1960. Graff owns some of the most expensive watches and jewellries in the world. The House of Graff has been a custodian of many of the world’s most celebrated gemstones that are characterized by their unique quality, their historical provenance or their epic journeys from stone to polished beauty. Graff Diamond Hallucination is considered one of the most expensive watches that has a tag price of whopping 55 Million Dollars. The watch in question, was also made by them on the special instructions of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. The fact that this watch is a limited edition with Khana Khaba’s image engraved with diamonds on the dial makes it more unique.  It was gifted to Imran Khan on his special visit to Saudi Arabia when he was a Prime Minister of Pakistan.

While we don’t know the real owner of the watch and who sold it when, we must admire the watch is a one of the masterpieces crafted by the Graff House.

Written by Shazia Gulzar

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