Will the looted money ever be returned to the people of Pakistan ?
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday issued a notice to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and others over petitions seeking his disqualification on account of Panama Papers leaks. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard five identical pleas, clubbed together, filed under Article 184 of the Constitution, to request the court to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Panama Papers, a massive leak of 11.5 million documents – a data dump of around 2.6 terabytes of information – drawn from the internal database of Mossack Fonseca, exposed the secret offshore dealings of around 140 international figures. The names exposed, include Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family – Mariam, Hasan and Hussain. In question are their riches from a network of businesses that include steel, sugar, paper mills and a large number of international property holdings. The Sharifs – one of Pakistan’s richest families – have been accused of corruption, ownership of illegal assets, tax avoidance and money laundering. Mariam, Hussain and their father have been detained on such charges, exiled to Saudi Arabia and also acquitted. When allegations first surfaced in 2000, a family member called them “completely wrong,” and declared: “this is a very religious family.” Hasan, who moved to London over 16 years ago, and Hussain have been running family businesses from abroad. Mariam reportedly is being groomed to take over leadership of her father’s political party.