ICIJ didn’t apol­o­gise ...

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tioned in the pa­pers with ref­er­ence to his chil­dren only.

“As I un­der­stand from read­ing the re­port, it is claim­ing that ICIJ has is­sued an apol­ogy and with­drawn all men­tion of the PM be­ing in the data. Let me be clear. The PM’s name is in the data, in ref­er­ence to his chil­dren,” Ryle said.

The ICIJ had re­port­edly ac­knowl­edged that the in­clu­sion of the PM Nawaz’s name in Panama Pa­pers was a ‘jour­nal­is­tic mis­take’, fol­low­ing which the fed­eral cabi­net con­demned on Wed­nes­day ‘base­less al­le­ga­tions’ lev­elled against the pre­mier.

A re­cent clar­i­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the ICIJ pro­vided the gov­ern­ment an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to go on of­fen­sive.

The ICIJ, the min­is­ters agreed, had clar­i­fied that the prime min­is­ter had noth­ing to do with off­shore com­pa­nies and the PM’s name was be­ing ma­ligned in a false pro­pa­ganda cam­paign.

Fur­ther, Im­ran posted a se­ries of tweets on the mi­croblog­ging web­site, ac­cus­ing the Sharif fam­ily for al­legedly start­ing a pro­pa­ganda cam­paign against po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents us­ing tax money.

“To hide their own cor­rup­tion, Shar­ifs have launched a mas­sive pro­pa­ganda cam­paign against po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents funded by tax­payer money,” he said.

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