Corruption

PHOTO: FILE Two years after an international consortium of investigative journalists first broke the story about thousands of people parking their funds in offshore bank accounts, the apex anti-corruption watchdog in the country has sought a progress report on an inquiry into the Pakistanis who had accounts abroad. The Panama Papers, released by the International […]

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The writer is a former caretaker finance minister and served as vice-president at the World Bank If there are no surprises between now and the coming summer, it appears that Pakistan is well on the way towards bucking the global trend. Some time later this year, it should hold elections to select new members of […]

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ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau has approached the Supreme Court seeking custody of Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The anti-graft watchdog has moved an appeal to the top court challenging the Islamabad High Court (IHC)’s decision wherein it had maintained the accountability court’s order pertaining to the […]

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Nawaz Sharif’s life-time disqualification from politics comes as no surprise for Pakistan observers. The three-time former prime minister was ousted on corruption allegations in July of last year. Earlier this year, Sharif was barred from his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party’s presidency, after which he handed over the party’s rein to his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif. […]

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In Brazil, where independent judges have exercised a direct impact on the electoral process, have they not opened the way to extremist rabble-rousers like the conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro, while simultaneously making the country ungovernable? And are the calls for an internationally supported truth commission on corruption and human rights violations in Mexico a symptom […]

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Former Mongolian prime ministers Saikhanbileg Chimed and Sanjaagiin Bayar were both detained on April 11 by the country’s anti-graft authorities as part of an investigation into allegations of corrupt mining payments. The probe concerns Mongolia’s flagship Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine, located in the Gobi desert. Over the weekend former finance minister Bayartsogt Sangajav […]

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In Brazil, where independent judges have exercised a direct impact on the electoral process, have they not opened the way to extremist rabble-rousers like the conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro, while simultaneously making the country ungovernable? And are the calls for an internationally supported truth commission on corruption and human rights violations in Mexico a symptom […]

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Journalists Imprisoned An Istanbul court on April 6 arraigned İhsan Yaşar and İhsak Kabul, the publisher and responsible news editor respectively for the recently seized pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, on charges of “being members of a [terrorist] organization” and “making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization,” the daily Evrensel reported. They will remain in custody until […]

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Two years ago, we published the Panama Papers. The internal data from the dubious Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed how dictators, drug cartels, mafia clans, fraudsters, weapons dealers and regimes like North Korea and Iran use offshore shell companies to hide their shady business transactions. The publication of investigations based on the papers brought […]

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In a newly published evaluation report by The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the Icelandic government is asked to strengthen its system against corruption and improper conduct. GRECO is a mutual evaluation mechanism composed of delegates from the 47 Council of Europe member states, Belarus and the USA. GRECO expects Iceland […]

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Since the poison attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in early March, the British government has been consumed by efforts to identify appropriate responses to the alleged Russian state-directed attack.   Twenty-three Russian embassy staff have been expelled from London and a broad coalition of international support has […]

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Event in Grozny in memory of those killed in the Zimnyaya Vishnya shopping mall fire in Kemerovo (Said Tsarnaev / Sputnik via AP) Independent news is more important than ever. Sign up for The Nation Daily and get our hard-hitting journalism in your inbox every weekday. Twenty-five years ago, young Russian journalists created an independent […]

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Handful of corrupt have taken entire nation hostage: Sirajul Haq MINGORA: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Senator Sirajul Haq on Saturday said a handful of corrupt elite had taken the entire nation hostage. Speaking at a graduation ceremony of seminary students at the Al-Markaz Islami in Sangota and a workers convention in Mingora in Swat, the JI […]