Panama leaks: ICIJ has not apologised to PM Nawaz, claims Imran

According to a statement issued by ICIJ, PM Nawaz's name appears in Panama Papers with reference to his children

News Desk April 28, 2016
According to a statement issued by ICIJ, PM Nawaz's name appears in Panama Papers with reference to his children. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan stood against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's claim that the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) had issued an apology for including the premier's name in Panama Papers.

Addressing the media on Thursday in Lahore, the PTI chief said neither did ICIJ apologise for including the prime minister's name in Panama Papers nor has it removed it yet.

Nawaz Sharif will have to leave, says Imran

Imran also took to Twitter where he posted a statement of ICIJ director Gerard Ryle, saying, "The lie about ICIJ retracting on Sharif offshore accounts and apologising also stands exposed in ICIJ statement," Imran tweeted.

However, while the statement clearly states that the ICIJ has not apologised to PM Nawaz, it also states that the premier's name has been mentioned in the papers with reference to his children only.

"As I understand from reading the report, it is claiming that ICIJ has issued an apology and withdrawn all mention of the PM being in the data. Let me be clear. The PM's name is in the data, in reference to his children," Ryle said.

The ICIJ had reportedly acknowledged that the inclusion of the PM Nawaz's name in Panama Papers was a ‘journalistic mistake’, following which the federal cabinet condemned on Wednesday ‘baseless allegations’ levelled against the premier.

Cabinet slams 'smear campaign' against PM

A recent clarification issued by the ICIJ provided the government an excellent opportunity to go on offensive.

The ICIJ, the ministers agreed, had clarified that the prime minster had nothing to do with offshore companies and the PM’s name was being maligned in a false propaganda campaign.

Further, Imran posted a series of tweets on the microblogging website, accusing the Sharif family for allegedly starting a propaganda campaign against political opponents using tax money.

"To hide their own corruption, Sharifs have launched a massive propaganda campaign against political opponents funded by taxpayer money," he said.

The PTI chairman further questioned the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for not taking action against the premier and his family for using public money in an attempt to clear their image on the media and in front of the world.

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"The Sharifs need to realise this is Pakistan – a democracy, not a monarchy where they clan can rule with no accountability by the people," he tweeted.

The cricketer-turned-politician accused the premier of launching a smear campaign against the former’s charitable Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) in response to the accusations of acquiring illegal money in Panama leaks against the Sharif family.


rehan | 8 years ago | Reply Imran Khan knows every thing in this world much better than any one else. It is about him and him and him all over again before it gets to some one else. He has such an ego problem and has till today never apologized for being so pro Taliban .
Imran Qadri | 8 years ago | Reply UK legally allows an offshore company to own assets/flats in UK. As long as tax heavens are offering options to rich people and their financial managers,they would continue to chose that option to 'legally' avoid taxes. If tax heavens are such a problem then world should root them out and close those options. Until then finger pointing should stop. Accusers should prove wrongdoing on proper forum i.e. court of law instead of giving worthless statements.
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