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Panama Papers: Sharif family laundered Rs 14.5 cr to evade taxes, alleges Imran Khan in documents submitted to court

Imran Khan today submitted to Supreme Court documentary evidence relating to Panama Papers Leak case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

India TV News Desk, Islamabad [ Published on: November 14, 2016 16:37 IST ]
Nawaz Sharif's family laundered Rs 145 million since 1988, alleges Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan today submitted to the Supreme Court documentary evidence relating to the Panama Papers Leak case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, allegedly showing that premier's family laundered Rs 145 million since 1988 through illegal business to evade taxes.

The cricketer-turned-politician submitted the documents containing details of alleged bank accounts held by the Sharif family and loan write-off schemes. 

Dawn Online reported that the documents showed that the premier's family has laundered Rs 145 million since 1988 through illegal hundi/hawala business to evade taxes. 

During this period of money laundering of Rs 145m, the documents claim, "Sharif paid only Rs 897 in income tax". The documents submitted by Khan through Advocate Naeem Bokhari. 

The papers also contain excerpts from a book by journalist Asad Kharal, in which he made several revelations regarding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

Khan claimed in the documents comprising 686 pages that the Sharif family sent an amount of over Rs 56m out of the country between 1988 and 1991.

It is alleged in the documents that two hawala dealers from Peshawar were used to "siphon off" large amounts of money abroad in order to "whiten Sharif's black money" and to evade income and wealth taxes. 

The money laundered to a bank in the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere was exchanged into foreign currency and "repatriated [to Pakistan] in the name of 43 Sharif family members". 

The alleged transfer of funds and purchases of assets overseas was disclosed in a statement by Khalid Siraj, "first cousin and business partner" of Sharif, the documents claim. 

The Supreme Court is hearing five identical petition against Sharif and will resume hearing on the Panama case tomorrow. 

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