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Revealed: List of all Pakistanis named in Pandora Papers so far

Those named include top cabinet members, ministers, media moguls, relatives of army officers and powerful businessmen.
Updated 05 Oct, 2021 02:20pm

Top cabinet members, ministers, media moguls, relatives of army officers and powerful businessmen — individuals spanning the entire Pakistani elite have been named in the 'Pandora Papers', a major international research into the financial holdings of high-profile figures around the world.

Released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the exposé revealed that key members of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s inner circle, including cabinet members, their families, political allies and major financial backers, have secretly owned an array of offshore companies and trusts holding millions of dollars of hidden wealth.

Under the law, setting up of an offshore company is not an offence or crime if the company is not involved in any illegal activity. However, those who have not declared these companies in their returns as assets can face legal action.

Although complete data has not been made public by the ICIJ as yet, following are the names of all Pakistani individuals in the Pandora Papers revealed so far by the ICIJ and The News journalists, who were part of the investigation:

Politicians or politically exposed persons:

  • 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

Army officers or their family members

  • 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 personalities

  • 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 moguls

  • 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

Header image: (From L-R) Senator Faisal Vawda, PPP leader Sharjeel Memon and Axact CEO Shoaib Sheikh are among the Pakistanis named in the Pandora Papers. — DawnNewsTV/Online/File