Ger­man daily high­lights Maryam’s con­nec­tion with Panama Pa­pers

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Ger­man news­pa­per Süd­deutsche Zeitung on Mon­day tweeted doc­u­ments to ‘help’ Pak­ista­nis form their own opin­ion on the role of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s daugh­ter in Panamagate.

“For those in Pakistan who doubt the role of the prime min­is­ter’s daugh­ter Mariam Safdar in Panama Pa­pers – some of the doc­u­ments.

Judge your­self,” Süd­deutsche Zeitung tweeted, along with at­tach­ments pur­port­ing to show her in­volve­ment with Minerva Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices. Maryam Safdar is her le­gal name af­ter mar­riage.

The tweet is ac­com­pa­nied by a doc­u­ment ti­tled “Minerva Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Limited Per­sonal In­for­ma­tion”, which con­tains the per­sonal de­tails of Maryam Safdar.

The “source of wealth” sec­tion on the form says “Fam­ily’s wealth and busi­nesses which spreads [sic] over 60 years.”

A copy of the premier’s daugh­ter’s old pass­port also ac­com­pa­nied the tweet. Süd­deutsche Zeitung was the first news out­let to re­ceive the 11.5 mil­lion se­cret files from Panamagate, which in­cluded the names of Pak­ista­nis with off­shore hold­ings. Dur­ing Panamagate hear­ings at the Supreme Court, PTI has been try­ing to es­tab­lish that Maryam Nawaz, and not her brother Hussain Nawaz as claimed by the party ear­lier, was the ben­e­fi­cial owner of Minerva Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices. Minerva is the hold­ing com­pany for Nescoll Limited and Niel­son En­ter­prises Limited, two off-shore en­ter­prises at the cen­tre of the scan­dal en­gulf­ing the PM’s fam­ily.

Nescoll and Niel­son are the own­ers of four flats in Lon­don’s up­scale Park Lane neigh­bour­hood, and the prime min­is­ter is un­der le­gal pres­sure to dis­close the sources of funds used to pur­chase them.

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