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Second phase of Panama Leaks reveal more influential Pakistanis having offshore wealth

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ISLAMABAD: The second round of the Panama Papers released on Monday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in which more names of Pakistani nationals having offshore companies were revealed.

The second phase of Panama Papers disclosed that the financer of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Zulfi Bukhari and his family members are owners of offshore companies.

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Imran’s friend Zulfi Bukhari (Right)

Tariq Islam, a cousin of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, is said to be the owner of a shell company.

Read: PM’s daughter Maryam Nawaz owns a firm in UK, reveal documents

Sajid Mehmood, son of businessman Seth Abid, also made it into the list of people allegedly having offshore wealth. It should be noted that 30 companies are being owned by the family under the banner of Abid Group.

Ex-managing director of Port Qasim Authority Abdul Sattar Dero and his family members Zahida Dero, Fahad Dero and Fawwad Dero are also said to be co-owners of offshore companies.

Read more: Panama Papers: secret accounts of Sharif family surface

Saba Chinoy, mother of Pakistani-oscar winning director Sharmeen-Obaid Chinoy, is also said to be linked with offshore companies.

Former president of Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry Shaukat Ahmed is claimed to be the owner of an offshore company. His son Imran Shaukat and daughter-in-law are said to be shareholders in that company.

Former health minister Naseer Khan has also been accused of having offshore wealth. Iqbal Puri, close friend of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief and Zardari, has also been named in the list of people with offshore wealth.

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Former health minister Naseer Khan

Son of retired admiral Muzaffar Hassan, also made it to the list of people allegedly having offshore wealth.

The leaks of last month claimed that 200 people including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children Maryam, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz had offshore wealth outside Pakistan.

The opposition parties have demanded a judicial investigation as to how the Sharif family acquired the offshore wealth. PTI and PPP have also asked PM to step down.

PM had written a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali for the formation of the judicial commission to probe the allegations of the Panama Papers.

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