KARACHI: Dropping another bomb shell on elite, the second round of Panama Papers leak identifies more than 400 Pakistanis owning offshore companies, Samaa reported.
According to International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the list features several personalities from politics, showbiz and business community of Pakistan.
Among those holding offshore assets/companies are: Aleem Khan, the key financer of PTI; London-based Zulfi Bukhari, a close friend of Imran Khan; family members of businessman Seth Abid; Tariq Islam and Irfan Iqbal Puri, the close associates of PPP and MQM leadership; Abdul Sattar Dero, the former chairman Port Qasim Authority; ex-health minister Naseer Khan; son of ex-admiral Muzaffar Hussain; Shaukat Ahmed, the ex-president Karachi Chamber of Commerce; two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s mother Saba Obaid; ex-PPP Senator Rukhsana Jabeen and others.
Last month’s drop revealed well over 200,000 offshore companies and their international clients, associated with Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, — including three children of Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.More details awaited
The Panama Papers scandal promises to deepen around the world when the ICIJ will put the digital cache of documents online. The searchable database will be released at 1800 GMT today, accessible to the public at offshoreleaks.icij.org.
The US-based organization said the release “will not be a ‘data dump’” of the sort the Wikileaks group became known for.
But it will reveal names and information on 200,000 offshore entities set up by wealthy individuals around the world.
The documents are from 2.6 terabytes of data given to a German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, over a year ago by an anonymous source using the name “John Doe.”
In the previously leaked data, reports thus far have focused on scores of high-profile individuals: political leaders, celebrities and a few criminals.