The wife of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday called for the return of offshore wealth to Pakistan in a bid to clear the Sharif name.
"Only way to clear Sharif name is to keep minimum, simplify life drastically, return all foreign and local wealth to the nation ie Jinnah," Tehmina Durrani said in a series of tweets.
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ONLY way to clear sharif name is to keep minimum, simplify life drastically, return all foreign and local wealth to the nation I.e JINNAH— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 5, 2016
Dismissing all allegations against herself as baseless, Tehmina said, "I am shocked at the news of owning off shore companies. I neither have had any property nor money abroad ever."
I am shocked at news of owning off shore companies. I neither hv had any property nor money abroad ever.— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 4, 2016
She added that proof of her name on any off shore company or property should be put in front of everyone and admitted feeling embarrassed to be included in the "maha rich league".
Proof of my name on any off shore company or foreign property or fund Shd be shown to the people of my country— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 4, 2016
Therefore geo and other media Shd plz show documents of my name in any off shore company, just as they r doing with the pm's family— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 4, 2016
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That family# geo flash was heart breaking . Was embarrassed to be equated with the maha rich league , in this poverty stricken nation.— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 5, 2016
Tehmina also clarified that she had been married to Shahbaz Sharif for 14 years but her in-laws had never met her, sarcastically adding that a media report had portrayed them as "one big happy offshore family".
Been married to SS for 14 yrs now !! The sharifs nvr met me#reasons qualified for thm. GEO made us 1 BIG happy offshore family . Hahaha !!!— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 5, 2016
She added that she only had a house in Lahore from her husband and other than that she did not own anything in Pakistan or abroad.
Other than a 10 marla hs from my husband in lhr, I also own nothing in Pakistan , and hv no savings either, so plz correct this falsehood .— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 4, 2016
The Punjab CM's wife also reiterated that national wealth should be returned to the country. "I said two years ago that for democratic survival, leaders have to be upfront and return Pakistan wealth."
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I believe in National wealth being teturned.I said 2 yrs ago that for democratic survival, leaders hv to be upfront and return Pak wealth— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 4, 2016
Further, she stated that she had not inherited anything from her parents, recalling the time she had been disowned by them in 1991 for writing her book My Feudal Lord, an account of her traumatic marriage to former Punjab governor Ghulam Mustafa Khar.
My parents disowned me since 1991 for writing MFL. They forgave me before my father fell ill. I hv recvd no inheritance from them .— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 4, 2016
I am not part of my mothers wealth nor do I know what she owns or who she banks with.— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 4, 2016
Tehmina was also of the opinion that even if offshore accounts were legal, for her they were unethical, adding that the latter was worse for her.
Even if off shore companies ,foreign properties ,and accounts 'mite' be legal, for ME they are unethical .— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 5, 2016
Illegal is law breaking, unethical is soul selling. The later is a worse crime— Tehmina Durrani (@TehminaDurrani) April 5, 2016
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered on Tuesday a judicial investigation into the Panama Papers allegations of the Sharif family’s ownership of offshore companies and assets.
In a rare televised address to the nation, the premier said a judicial commission (JC) headed by a former judge would investigate his family for any wrongdoing.
A massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents of a Panamanian law firm has exposed the secret offshore dealings of world leaders and celebrities.
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Among those named are three of PM Nawaz’s four children with records showing they own real estate in London through offshore companies administered by Mossack Fonseca. None of the businesses mentioned are owned or run by the premier himself.
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