Prime Minister Imran Khan established a big level investigative unit under the Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission to investigate all individuals identified in the leaks of the Pandora Papers.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead the three-member investigation cell created to look into the Pandora Papers leaks.
According to reports, the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) would also support the three-member inspection cell in its probe.
Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Information Minister, stated on Twitter that the inquiry unit will investigate all Pakistani nationals listed in the Pandora Papers and will disclose facts to the public.
Following the release of the Pandora Papers investigation yesterday, key party officials, including federal ministers, decided to create a cell. The meeting was presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A committee comprised of federal ministers and the attorney general also provided Prime Minister Imran Khan with the preliminary findings on the Pandora Papers.
Federal ministers and prominent officials of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) attended the session. According to sources, the attendees discussed the current political situation following the publishing of the Pandora Papers by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Prime Minister Khan stated on Sunday, shortly after the major leaks, announced that his administration will examine all 700 citizens listed in the Pandora paper. “We welcome the Pandora Papers exposing the ill-gotten wealth of elites, accumulated through tax evasion & corruption & laundered out to financial ‘havens’.”
Umar Cheema, a journalist who worked on the ICIJ investigations alongside a colleague from a local newspaper, Fakhar Durrani, revealed that over 700 Pakistanis were named in the Pandora Papers and that they discreetly managed to move massive amounts offshore, saying that every effort had been made to ensure accuracy in the report and therefore it was now up to the concerned authority to move forward.
Further investigation and development are expected to take place soon. According to analysts, the political temperature is expected to be soaring hot in the upcoming days.