Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to “investigate” Pakistani citizens connected to a massive probe into the hidden wealth of politicians worldwide, after members of his inner circle were implicated in the report.
The so-called Pandora Papers investigation – involving some 600 journalists from the media including The Washington Post, the BBC and The Guardian – is based on the leak of about 11.9 million documents from 14 financial services companies around the world.
Some 35 current and former world leaders including a former Sri Lankan Deputy Minister are featured in the documents analysed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and face allegations ranging from corruption to money laundering and global tax avoidance.
In Pakistan, routinely ranked as among the most corrupt countries in the world, members of Khan’s inner circle – including Cabinet ministers and their families – are said to secretly own companies and trusts holding millions of dollars.
Khan, who had run for office on an anti-graft platform, said global poverty levels were fuelled by corruption in tax havens, which he said divert funds away from the general public.