It all began in April 2016 with an unprecedented leak of 11.5 million documents from the database of a Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, exposing politicians, celebrities, businessmen and criminals who had set up offshore companies.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family came under fire at home with opposition parties accusing them of widespread corruption, after names of the premier’s children cropped up in the leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm.
On April 5, the prime minister first addressed the nation, announcing to form a judicial commission to investigate the offshore firms owned by members of his family.
The premier once again addressed the nation on April 22, in the face of mounting pressure over the Panama Papers disclosures, saying he had nothing to hide and presented himself along with his family for accountability.
“I had announced to make a judicial commission under the supervision of a retired Supreme Court judge. Though I wasn’t named in the revelations, being a prime minister of a democratic country, I considered it as a duty to clear the air,” he said.
“I announce to present me and my family for accountability. I will go home if found guilty.”