List of Pakistani Names in Pandora Paper

Author: Awais Kayani
List of Pakistani Names in Pandora Paper

The pandora papers have been on the news for a while now. As many as 35 current and past leaders have names listed on the papers. The names are many in total that include politicians, business persons, and many institutional officers.

In Pakistan many names from the Prime Minister’s office, Armed Forces’ relatives, business persons, other politicians, and media big shots. Many of the government financial backers and others named in the papers are also reported to hold millions of dollars in their offshore accounts

Read More: What are offshore companies? Are they illegal?

According to the reports, and based on my recent article, many laws support or don’t find anything wrong with setting up offshore companies - as long as they are legal and stated in their financial statements or their returns. Or else they may face severe legal actions.

So, what names were listed by the ICIJ, International consortium of investigative journalists

  • Politicians of Pakistan
  • Armed Forces
  • Business Tycoons
  • Media Giants

As per the reports of ICIJ, the names under the most influential groups are:

Politicians of Pakistan

The politicians were most susceptible to malpractices. The names came from ministers and many financial backers of the government. This makes the laws under the spotlight as to whether these officials will be questioned or not?

  • Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin and his family
  • Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi
  • Ex-federal minister and Senator Faisal Vawda
  • Son of PM’s former adviser for finance and revenue Waqar Masood Khan, Abdullah Masood Khan
  • Family of Minister for Industries and Production Khusro Bakhtiyar
  • PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan
  • PPP’s Sharjeel Memon
  • PML-N’s Ishaq Dar’s son Ali Dar
  • PTI donor Arif Naqvi
  • PTI donor Tariq Shafi
  • Wife of PML-Q boss Chaudhry Pervez Elahi
  • Former FBR chairman and finance secretary Salman Siddiq’s son Yawar Salman

Armed Forces Relatives

The armed forces’ relatives are influential in their rights. It doesn't put any dent or effect on the armed forces itself but their linkage to armed forces put them in the spotlight by ICIJ.

  • Wife of retired Lt Gen Shafaat Ullah Shah
  • Raja Nadir Pervez, retired army officer, and former minister
  • Retired Maj Gen Nusrat Naeem, former ISI director-general of counterintelligence
  • Umar and Ahad Khattak, sons of former Pakistan Air Force chief Abbas Khattak
  • Retired Lt Gen Habibullah Khan Khattak's daughter Shahnaz Sajjad Ahmad (also the sister of retired Lt Gen Ali Kuli Khan and sister-in-law of former federal minister Gohar Ayub Khan)
  • Retired Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal Muzaffar’s son Muhammad Hasan Muzaffar
  • Retired Lt Gen Khalid Maqbool’s son-in-law Ahsan Latif
  • Retired Lt Gen Tanvir Tahir’s wife Zahra Tanvir

Business Tycoons

The business tycoons are the real deal when it comes down to mending the policies. Businesspersons usually bring and manage investment portfolios, so they are highly focused on abiding by the laws.

  • Axact CEO Shoaib Sheikh
  • National Bank of Pakistan President Arif Usmani
  • National Investment Trust Managing Director Adnan Afridi
  • Peshawar Zalmi owner and renowned industrialist Javed Afridi

Media Giants

The media has the same influential power as any other segment of these groups. However, some names are shocking to know of:

  • Jang Group publisher Mir Shakil-Ur-Rahman
  • Dawn Media Group CEO Hameed Haroon
  • Express Media Group Publisher Sultan Ahmed Lakhani
  • Pakistan Today publisher (late) Arif Nizami
  • The Gourmet Group, which also owns the GNN TV channel

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