Explainer: Why Nawaz Sharif is being investigated in the Panama Papers case

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will appear before a Joint Investigation Team in Islamabad on Thursday in connection with the Panama Papers investigations into his family’s wealth and assets. Sharif is the first sitting Pakistani prime minister to appear before an investigating panel.

The case is about alleged money laundering by Sharif in 1990s to purchase assets in London. Sharif and his children have denied any wrongdoing in the matter. The prime minister is requited to reply to 13 questions raised by the Supreme Court.

Earlier events:

April 4, 2016: Documents leaked from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm show that Sharif’s daughter, Maryum Nawaz, and his two sons owned offshore companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy properties in London.

November 1, 2016: The Supreme Court of Pakistan orders an investigation against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in connection with the Panama Papers revelations.


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