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Pandora Papers Leak: No Action Against Ministers Until Proven Guilty, Says Pakistan Minister

Fawad Choudhary during a press conference said, “Action will be taken once they are proven guilty,” on being asked whether action would be taken against the ministers named in the Pandora Papers.

Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary. (Source: Twitter)

Islamabad (Pakistan): Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary on Tuesday said that the cabinet ministers, whose names had appeared in the Pandora Papers, would not be removed from their respective positions until they are proven guilty.

Choudhary during a press conference said, “Action will be taken once they are proven guilty,” on being asked whether action would be taken against the ministers named in the Pandora Papers, Dawn reported.

Choudhary on Monday had announced that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had formed a cell to investigate the Pakistani names in the Pandora Papers case.

Opposition parties, however, rejected Khan’s move and called it “a hoax”.The Opposition has called for an inquiry through a judicial commission or an independent commission like that of Panama Papers.

They called this move by Khan to protect the ministers and other people associated with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and its allies, Dawn reported.

ALSO READ: Pandora Papers Leak: Pakistan Opposition Demands PM Imran Khan’s Resignation

Pandora Papers were released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on Sunday.

ICIJ’s latest findings in the investigation claim that Pakistan’s political players have made use of offshore companies. The names disclosed also include the names of people in Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s government including Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin.

The Pandora Papers, compiled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists following a two-year investigation, exposed over 35 current and former global leaders, as well as more than 330 politicians and officials worldwide, who reportedly used tax havens and hid real incomes through offshore companies. The dossier contains over 11.9 million confidential documents.

ALSO READ: Pandora Papers Leak: Multi Group Agency, Headed By CBDT Chairman, To Monitor Investigations

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