Maryam Nawaz named in Panama Papers, German newspaper reaffirms

Published: January 23, 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung was first recipient of docs from Panama Papers' whistleblower before the scandal came to fore. PHOTO: AFP

Süddeutsche Zeitung was first recipient of docs from Panama Papers' whistleblower before the scandal came to fore. PHOTO: AFP

A German newspaper has reaffirmed its earlier revelation regarding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz’s involvement in Panama Papers scandal.

“For those in Pakistan who doubt the role of the prime minister’s daughter Mariam Safdar in Panama Papers – some of the documents. Judge yourself,” Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Germany daily, tweeted on Monday.

The newspaper posted some documents which, it said, prove that Maryam Nawaz is the beneficial owner of offshore companies named in Panama Papers.

Süddeutsche Zeitung was the first recipient of documents from Panama Papers’ whistleblower before the scandal came to fore.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has already submitted these documents in the Supreme Court, where a five-judge larger bench is hearing a slew of petitions against Sharif family over allegations of corruption.

The family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was named in the Panama Papers, one of the biggest leaks in history. The leak, comprising 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, shows how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted away their money in offshore jurisdictions.

Among those named are three of Sharif’s four children — Maryam, who has been tipped to be his political successor; Hasan and Hussain, with the records showing they owned London real estate through offshore companies administrated by the firm.

ICIJ released evidence proving Maryam Nawaz owner of London flats: Imran

PTI leader Imran Khan on Monday said the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has once again released evidence proving Maryam Nawaz is the beneficiary of luxury flats in a posh London neighbourhood.

“Now that more evidence has been released, the Qatari letter and trust deed of London flats hold no value,” the PTI chief said while addressing the media in Islamabad.

Sharifs to face legal repercussions if London flats’ money trail not established: SC

“Rather than trying to prove my allegations as false, PML-N should question ICIJ and BBC over their recent revelations,” he said.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • SK
    Jan 23, 2017 - 1:27PM

    Its not that no one believes she or her father is involved in money laundering, issue is that all the govt institutions are more inclined to look other way to hide their own corruptionRecommend

  • Asad
    Jan 23, 2017 - 1:46PM

    Now sue german newspaper…Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jan 23, 2017 - 2:24PM

    That does not prove illegal behaviour or an illegal money trail. Furthermore NS is the PM.not his children.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 23, 2017 - 2:41PM

    Wow, on the basis of the fake Qatari letter alone the PM can be disqualified now. Only one verdict left to give. 2017 is election year.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Jan 23, 2017 - 2:47PM

    It is so hard to convict them even if the guilt is proven. No judge wants to be known as the person who ended the career of the Sharifs.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jan 23, 2017 - 3:13PM

    For some ignorant people it’s the English speaking skill that determines criteria for good leadership so she speaks fluent English. For some it’s the beauty that makes one charismatic so she has that trait as well. For us she is visionary energetic sincere and well trained under the leadership of her father. If she is nominated for a big portfolio she is likely to sweep the next election.Recommend

  • SA
    Jan 23, 2017 - 3:29PM

    why newspapers repeating same news again, again , first BBC & now german newspaper, ?Recommend

  • Copper
    Jan 23, 2017 - 3:35PM

    If you close your eyes, nothing proves against Nawaz Sharif. Documented evidence from giants like BBC, ICIJ and now this German paper can be pushed aside with a meh..Recommend

  • Faz
    Jan 23, 2017 - 7:01PM

    What are you smoking? Beauty, leadership of her father? Fluent English?
    These are the qualifications you wish for the person to lead a troubled nation? What about anthropology, struggle and being amongst your people? Maryam Nawaz has lived in rich family, is completely out of touch with the issues facing the people and has tons of money unlike most people of Pakistan.

    Somehow you like her for her fluent English and her looks? You make me want to vomit.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jan 23, 2017 - 8:50PM

    Does anyone remember the New York Times article and Shoaib Sheikh’s trial afterwards? This is the difference in this country. Different laws and different behaviour of institutions for ruling elites. Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jan 23, 2017 - 9:44PM

    Read my post again before you jump to vomit your deep hatred instilled in your brain by jealous corrupt power hungry fake politicians of the ilk of dharna brigade. Good English or beautiful look is not my criteria for a good leader but it’s the general thinking of youthias who know nothing but what their leader tells them.Recommend

  • asim
    Jan 23, 2017 - 10:32PM

    Sorry we are not slaves to be govern by generations of elites. No matter how talented the kids are we are not going to accept that. We just don’t want the family dynasties ruling us. Enough Recommend

  • raider
    Jan 23, 2017 - 10:48PM

    visionary, trained, since, what leadership of his father, either london flats or offshore companiesRecommend

  • aima
    Jan 24, 2017 - 11:59AM

    Grow up please.Recommend

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