Disclosure laws should be on citizens’ agenda for the next elections

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s removal from office was the subject of much attention in Bangladesh and elsewhere. But buried within the story about political turmoil and the future of civilian rule in Pakistan was a story about leaked information and disclosure of assets.

The leaked information belonged to a list of 11.5 million files that were obtained by a German newspaper from the database of a law firm of Panama, which specialised in setting up offshore corporations and accounts for its clients. Based on them, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) had released the so-called Panama Papers in early 2016. It followed a year-long investigation which revealed how world leaders, politicians and businesses hide and launder money, evade taxes and finance arms and drug deals.

The Panama Papers had also named 32 Bangladeshi nationals and two Bangladeshi companies. But while the Pakistani public undertook a vigorous campaign to have the

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