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Pandora Papers: Opposition demands resignation of Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Islamabad: Opposition leader and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Sunday demanded the resignation of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over the Pandora Papers.

Addressing a press conference, PML-N general secretary Ahsan Iqbal Iqbal said Khan should resign as his name had cropped up in the Toshakhana case and would also appear in the Pandora Papers, The Nation reports.

Iqbal said, there is no moral justification for Imran Khan to continue as the prime minister after his name surfaced in the Pandora leaks.

Iqbal said that Khan’s box of Pandora is about to open. As The Nation reports, he also said that Khan, who was bragging about being the champion of the anti-corruption campaign, himself was hiding facts on his foreign gifts, hiding details about the gifts received, The Nation reported.

He also blamed Khan for rising inflation in Pakistan, which was a result of his government’s poor policies.

“Today a person who earns Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per month from Pakistani, cannot afford to afford his house respectfully,” he said.

Pandora Papers has revealed the names of 700 Pakistani individuals and members of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet, including cabinet ministers, their families and members of the inner circle, including prominent financial backers.

Those whose assets have been disclosed include Khan’s finance minister Shaukat Fayaz Ahmed Tarin and his family and the son of Khan’s former advisor on finance and revenue Waqar Masood Khan.

According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the records also reveal offshore transactions of Arif Naqvi, a top PTI donor who is facing fraud charges in the US.

According to the ICIJ, Pakistan’s elite use offshore services that rival the findings of the Panama Papers, which led to Sharif’s downfall and helped bring Imran Khan to power three years ago.

The revelations are part of the Pandora Papers, a new global investigation into the shady offshore financial system that allows multinational corporations, the rich, famous and powerful, to evade taxes and otherwise protect their wealth.

The investigation is based on over 11.9 million confidential files from 14 offshore services firms that were leaked to the ICIJ and shared with 150 news organizations around the world.

By Naveen Bharat Staff

 

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