The International Association of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) – a world-wide union which exposed possession of foreign businesses by printing Panama Newspapers – has clarified that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name was erroneously appeared in panama Newspapers as a result of editing error.
“Nawaz Sharif’s name doesn’t appear in original documents of Panama Papers, however a sentence included in Panama Papers story implied as if Pakistani Prime Minister directly controls the offshore companies,” a statement read.
In its earlier reports titled “Panama Documents The Power Players” and “Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes World-Wide Array of Corruption and Offense ”, the ICIJ had declared that offshore firms are controlled by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
However, the ICIJ has now issued a clarification reading: “Due to an editing error, a sentence in an earlier version of this story implied that the prime minister of Pakistan controlled an offshore company that appeared in the Panama Papers. It is his children who control the offshore companies.”
As of April 21, the info has been updated by the ICIJ about offshore businesses of Nawaz Sharif’s sons, which says that Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz command the offshore firms.
The leak of 11 million records held by the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca identified connections between many business and political leaders around international businesses and the world and accounts.