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PM Sharif bars ministers from foreign visits

The PM has also stopped the ministers from embarking on a government visit as well. All such visits are now subjected to PM’s approval.

The Prime Minister House has notified ministers in this regard.

PM Sharif is currently in London for a ‘medical check up’, while reports in the local claim that he arrived in the UK to meet political figures in tackling pressure following revelation of ‘Panama Papers’.

The leaked papers, comprising 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, exposes how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted their money offshore, and also implicated Sharif’s sons Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.

Three of Sharif’s four children are named in the Panama Papers — daughter Maryam, who has been tipped to be his political successor, and sons Hasan and Hussain — with the records showing they owned London real estate through offshore companies administered by Mossack Fonseca.

When the Panama Papers were first released, Sharif’s son Hussain denied the allegations, saying his family had done “nothing wrong”.

“Those apartments are ours and those offshore companies are also ours,” he said.

The Panama Papers have whipped up a storm of controversy over offshore wealth, ensnaring political leaders, sports figures and underworld members across the globe in the scandal.



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