Shaukat Tarin, Faisal Vawda, Khusro Bakhtyar, Moonis Elahi among over 700 Pakistanis named in ICIJ’s Pandora Papers

ISLAMABAD: 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.

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.

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