Did not take out PM’s name from Panama papers nor issued an apology: ICIJ clarifies

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By Web Desk April 28, 2016 10:26

Did not take out PM’s name from Panama papers nor issued an apology: ICIJ clarifies

The ICIJ also termed the news by Jang Group as misleading. ICIJ revealed that they stood firm on their report and that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name mentioned in the Panama papers created the impression that Nawaz himself was the owner of the offshore companies. However, this was not the case since the offshore companies belong to his children instead.

A news included in Roznama Jang and The News International had claimed that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) had apologised for including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name in the Panama papers and had subsequently taken the PM’s name out.

The Panama papers contained details of offshore companies owned by world leaders and celebrities around the world and their close relatives. Following the damning revelations, the Prime Minister of Iceland was forced to step down. Ever since then, pressure has been mounting on PM Nawaz to resign after  the opposition parties in Pakistan have called for an independent probe regarding the matter.

A judicial commission has been formed which will conduct its inquiry regarding the disclosures made by the Panama papers.



Web Desk
By Web Desk April 28, 2016 10:26
  • shahid

    The recent panama papers leak is not a hunch that
    something is going on, or mere allegations, it is proof.
    The newspapers of repute know that if you want to write a story accusing some of the world’s mostpowerful people of having avoided tax or done anything which has the faintest whiff of unscrupulous behaviour, then your information
    better be watertight. Why? Because rich and powerful people like to
    maintain very clean reputations – and if you threaten that, then
    they have the funds and the connections to sue you to oblivion.

    When the Panama Papers source contacted the Suddeutsche Zietung early last year and said they had a something they might be interested in, whatemerged was the biggest leak in the history of modern journalism.

    The ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) in
    Washington DC, and the Centre for Investigative Journalism in
    the UK, are a collaboration of investigative journalists who have painstakingly carried out the huge task of proving the case. There does not need to be any enquires and waste of tax payers money. Heads need to roll, starting with Nawaz Sharif.

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