ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has established a high-level cell under the Inspection Commission for a probe into the Pandora Paper.
In a tweet on Monday, he said that the cell will seek replies from all the people included in the Pandora Papers.
“All the facts will be presented before the nation,” he announced.
Sources said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed Law Minister Farogh Naseem to prepare terms of reference (ToRs). “The FIA, the FBR and the NAB will assist the cell. The FBR will hold investigations if the assets found undeclared,” they added.
They said that the cell will present a report in a short period and the prime minister will order action in the light of the report.
Earlier, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has released 11.9 million leaked documents to expose the financial secrecy of world leaders, including 700 Pakistanis.
Pandora Papers reveal that key members of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s inner circle have secretly owned an array of companies and trusts holding millions of dollars of hidden wealth.
Most prominent figures include Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi, Senator Faisal Vawda, Ishaq Dar’s son Ali Dar, PPP’s Sharjeel Memon, the family of Minister for Industries and Production Khusro Bakhtiar, PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan, Jang group editor-in-chief Mir Shakilur Rehman, Dawn CEO Hameed Haroon and Express Media Group CEO Sultan Ali Lakhani, late Arif Nizami, Javed Afridi,
Some retired army officials, businessmen, and media owners, including Axact’s CEO Shoaib Sheikh, have also been named in Pandora Papers.
The ICIJ released a report titled “Prime Minister Imran Khan promised ‘new Pakistan’ but members of his inner circle secretly moved millions offshore.”
According to ICIJ, the files show how Chaudhry Moonis Elahi, a key political ally of Imran Khan’s, planned to put the proceeds from an allegedly corrupt business deal into a secret trust, concealing them from Pakistan’s tax authorities.
The Pandora Papers reveal that in 2007, the wife of Gen. Shafaat Ullah Shah, then one of Pakistan’s leading generals and a former aide to President Pervez Musharraf, acquired a $1.2 million apartment in London through a discreet offshore transaction.
In Pandora papers, More than 600 reporters from around the world, belonging to 150 media organizations spanning 117 countries, participated in the research for two years for the Pandora Papers, which contain 11.9 million files.
From Pakistan, investigative journalists Umar Cheema and Fakhar Durrani of The News International were part of the investigation.