Imran Khan sets-up
commission to probe
into ‘Pandora Papers’

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has set-up commission which will thoroughly investigate the ‘Pandora Papers’. He himself will head the commission.

Earlier, Imran Khan had said that government will “investigate all citizens mentioned in the Pandora Papers & if any wrongdoing is established, we will take appropriate action.”

“I call on the international community to treat this grave injustice as similar to the climate change crisis,” tweeted Khan after ICIJ’s report.

Now leaked documents reveal that key members of Khan’s inner circle, including cabinet ministers, their families and major financial backers have secretly owned an array of companies and trusts holding millions of dollars of hidden wealth. Military leaders have been implicated as well. The documents contain no suggestion that Khan himself owns offshore companies.

Prime Minister Imran Khan says investigation will be carried against all people mentioned in

The records also reveal the offshore dealings of a top PTI donor, Arif Naqvi, who is facing fraud charges in the United States.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that details revealed in the Pandora Papers would “further strengthen” Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stance.

“Panama Papers revealed offshore assets of very corrupt people. Now another research of ICIJ is coming. PM Imran stressed upon rich countries that hiding of poor countries’ money in rich countries should be discouraged,” he said in a tweet.

When details of money being moved from poor countries to rich countries are shared through Pandora Papers, like the Panama Papers previously, it would “further strengthen” PM Imran’s stance, he added.

“Panama Papers revealed offshore assets of very corrupt people. Now another research of ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) is coming. PM Imran stressed upon rich countries that hiding of poor countries’ money in rich countries should be discouraged,” he said in a tweet.

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry expressing his views on Pandora Papers.

When details of money being moved from poor countries to rich countries are shared through Pandora Papers, like the Panama Papers previously, it would “further strengthen” PM Imran’s stance, he added.

“We expect that this research, like Panama [Papers], will open new avenues of transparency and become another reason to discourage corruption,” Chaudhry said.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill, meanwhile, said: “Prime Minister Imran Khan has no offshore company.”

Addressing a gathering in Faisalabad, Gill stressed that if any other member of the government was found to have hidden offshore assets, they would have to answer for themselves. “Everyone has to go into their own grave,” he said.