October 21, 2021

Cell to probe Pakistanis named in Pandora Leaks

ISLAMABAD Oct 04, 2021- The Prime Minister Imran Khan has set up a high-level cell under the Inspection Commission to probe Pakistanis named in Pandora Leaks.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that the high level cell will hold all the people involved in Pandora Leaks accountable and the facts about Pandora Leaks will be laid before the nation.  

Sources said that the situation after the Pandora Papers was discussed in the meeting of party leaders chaired by Prime Minister.

Over 700 Pakistanis owning offshore companies appeared in Pandora Papers

A committee comprising federal ministers and the Attorney General submitted a preliminary report to the Prime Minister.

Sources said that the Prime Minister was given a briefing on Pakistanis involved in Pandora Papers.

Suggestions for an investigation against Pakistani nationals included in the Pandora Papers were also considered.

ANP terms govt announcement ridiculous 

Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali termed the government’s announcement of an investigation into Pandora Papers ridiculous.In a statement, the ANP chief said that the government’s announcement of an investigation into the Pandora Papers involved in corruption was ridiculous.He said that the accountability of the elected Prime Minister has also been selected by stealing votes.

Asfandyar Wali added that the government’s announcement of an investigation was nothing more than an attempt to save its colleagues.

He said the PTI and its allies also had the most names in Panama and Offshore Leaks.

Names of over 700 Pakistanis are mentioned in Panama Leaks type Pandora Papers.

The list of Pandora Papers’ offshore companies also includes Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen, Federal Minister Monis Elahi, Senator Faisal Wawda, Senior Punjab Minister Abdul Aleem Khan, the son of former PML-N finance minister Ishaq Dar, the family of Federal Minister for Industry Khusro Bakhtar, Shoaib Sheikh, son of former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Waqar Masood and owner of an executive company.

The Pandora Papers list also includes the names of some retired military officers, some bankers, some businessmen and some media owners.