Punjab CM's wife urges Sharif family to return wealth to nation

Published: April 6, 2016
PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ Tehmina Durrani

PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ Tehmina Durrani

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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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.”

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”.

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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”.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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Reader Comments (17)

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Apr 6, 2016 - 12:38PM

    Nothing is gonna happen to no one in Pakistan. What happened to Dr. Asim. A drama ! What happen to Altaf’s case and proofs. A Drama. Pakistan is stage and these politicians are actors they are playing dramas and tricking us…. the Audience. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Apr 6, 2016 - 1:18PM

    I heard all the PML-N supporters who bashed against Rehem last year have been given vacation tickets to Panama! Their logic surely applies here as well, which is: “How could Shahbaz control a province when he can’t control his wife” ! Recommend

  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Apr 6, 2016 - 2:07PM

    Thank your madam. Nation would be grateful for your efforts.Recommend

  • Usman
    Apr 6, 2016 - 2:30PM

    Just like Punjab CT Op, what Imran Khan has been saying for years, is proved right, yet again. Recommend

  • Last Word
    Apr 6, 2016 - 2:31PM

    A great gesture and admission by CM’s wife advice to Sharif brothers to return ill-gotten wealth accumulated by them and come out clean in public.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Apr 6, 2016 - 2:45PM

    If 3 out of your 4 children have offshore accounts, that’s close enough. Mr Prime Minister, you are now officially tainted – even if your name does not appear in the list. Recommend

  • farishta
    Apr 6, 2016 - 5:26PM

    Look who is talking, the one who always group with so-called elitesRecommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Apr 6, 2016 - 6:00PM

    Okay lets be real here. She would not stay one day with Shahbaz, if he were to lose all his wealth today.
    He is the CM of Punjab and a very rich man, a trait that may have attracted her to him in the first place.
    Looks as if she firmly believes that everyone in Pakistan is a damn fool.Recommend

  • Mohammad Afzal
    Apr 6, 2016 - 6:17PM

    Very good suggestion by madam tahmina to distribute all.money to poor people and live a life of a poor PAKISTANiRecommend

  • Javed Mirani
    Apr 6, 2016 - 6:38PM

    People show wave Panama nation flag in front of Ppp and PML-n office. 13 August should be dubbed as Panama day in Pakistan . PTI should print t-shirt with Pakistan flag in the front and Panama in the back for thousand of poor children; that will remind people of unpatriotic politician.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Apr 6, 2016 - 8:00PM

    The nobility, the jewel in the crown speaks out not simply to save the crown per se but to express her love and humanity that she has carried all her life for the millions poor who were born in the poverty and remained marginalised in the society.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • AS
    Apr 6, 2016 - 11:50PM

    Tehmina has served her penance, and we must learn to look past our own cynicisms and wise cracks to recognize the spirit of what she’s saying. What she’s saying makes 100% sense. Give the wealth away, even if its not ill gotten. It’s a brave call to ethics by one who has seen how history triumphs political careers. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 7, 2016 - 1:31AM

    SS married her, gave her home and took care of her. He didn’t disrespect and beat her like her ex-feudal lord. but her greed has overcome to get more.. Recommend

  • Procatinator
    Apr 7, 2016 - 11:43AM

    Although its difficult to digest such innocence from her, but a appreciable thought!Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali
    Apr 7, 2016 - 12:50PM

    She is honest. Unfortunately, big potatoes rule the country Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Apr 7, 2016 - 8:11PM

    How come she only marries filthy rich who are in power or were in power. Her previous husband was top political person of his time and her current husband too is top political personality of his province. Both are filthy rich. She could have married a middle class person instead if she hated wealthy and wealth so much? Recommend

  • hameed shaheen
    Apr 8, 2016 - 8:58AM

    in fact i was somewhat stunned to have a scent of Tehmina Durrani Sahiba; PM says Sharif family owes nothing vis-a-vis panama disclosure, but she argues return of wealth from abroad. or from domestic treasure. Recommend

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