This is the first time that Indians are praising Pakistan. Actually, it is not because Pakistan has left sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir or promised to be the best buddy of India for ever. It is because the Supreme Court of Pakistan has disowned Nawaz Sharif from holding prime ministerial office in a landmark decision on the Panama Papers case.
If you remember Panama Papers case, you must remember that so many names from India were also appeared in the list.
What is Panama Papers case?
Panama Papers are actually the files of a Panamanian law firm and corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca & Co. which is the fourth largest company provider for offshore financial services. Documents were obtained by the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The ICIJ then worked with journalists from 107 media organisations in 76 countries, including UK newspaper the Guardian, the Indian Express in India to analyse the documents over a year. Who leaked the papers actually is not known, however, the firm says it was hacked from servers based abroad. The leak has revealed how the wealthy and powerful use tax havens to get around the law.
Panama files mention 12 current or former heads of state and government in the data, including dictators accused of looting their own countries. More than 60 relatives and associates of heads of state and other politicians are also implicated. Close associates of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, brother-in-law of China’s President Xi Jinping; Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko; Argentina President Mauricio Macri; the late father of UK Prime Minister David Cameron and three of the four children of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, many from Muslim countries, Football’s world governing body, Fifa including more than 500 banks, their subsidiaries and branches, registered nearly 15,600 shell companies with Mossack Fonseca.
Interesting to mention that in spite of solid proofs of money laundering in leaked Papers, a very few persons have been charged and resigned among the very few resigned, two heads of the state, first being the prime minister of Iceland and next to him is Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Indians in Panama Papers
Anurag Kejriwal, former president of the Lok Satta Party Delhi Branch, Anil Vasudev Salgaocar, former member of the Goa Legislative Assembly, Rajendra Patil, son-in-law of Karnataka minister Shamanuru Shivashankarappa and businessperson, Jehangir Soli Sorabjee, son of former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee and an honorary consultant physician at Bombay Hospital, Harish Salve, former Solicitor General and son of N. K. P. Salve, veteran Indian National Congress politician, Amitabh Bachchan, Mahanayak of Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, daughter in law of Amitabh Bachchan from the same entertainment industry.
Indian Businessmen include Shishir Bajoria, Indian promoter of SK Bajoria Group, which has steel refractory units, Mohan Lal Lohia, father of Sri Prakash Lohia, founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation, Vinod Adani, Indian businessman, elder brother of Gautam Adani, Adani Group, Rattan Chadha, Indian-born Dutch businessman, founder of Mexx clothing, Abdul Rashid Mir, Indian founder and CEO of Cottage Industries Exposition Limited (CIE) and Tabasum Mir, Abasaheb Garware family, pioneering industrialist from India’s Maharashtra state, Onkar Kanwar, Indian chairman & MD of Apollo Tyres, Mallika Srinivasan, chairman and CEO of TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited and Indira Sivasailam, K P Singh, promoter of real estate group DLF, Zavaray Poonawalla, brother of billionaire Cyrus S. Poonawalla and who heads the managing committee of Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC), Motaparti Siva Rama Vara Prasad, businessman and close associate of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu and is a director of the Naidu Family-owned Heritage Foods
Surprisingly, Gonzalo Delaveau, head of global corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Chile branch was also named. He resigned on 4 April 2016.
However, with Nawaz Sharif ouster, Indians are praising Pakistan judiciary and asking Indian authorities questions, when those involved in looting national resources will be met with their fate.
Office of RG says that “Pakistan Prime Minister’s name appeared in Panama Papers, he has resigned, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh’s name also appeared but no resignation from him”
National Spokesperson of Congress Party has said on Twitter “#PanamaPapers, that one rare, exceptional moment when India can learn from Pakistan, happens when Narendra Modi is our PM.”
Rana Ayub, famous for her book Gujarat Files has tweeted, “His friend from Pakistan has been disqualified as PM in
#PanamaVerdict but he will ensure no harm to Indians named in Panama. What a man”
History of India says “An Old customer of Panama offshore firm introducing a Newbie to a reputed Broker in order to help him in opening a Panama account. (2016).”Salit Tripathi tweets clearly pointing to Amitabh Bachchan “In Pakistan if U R in PanamaPapers for dodging taxes you lose your job. In India if U R in PanamaPapers you get to tell others to pay GST”
Swati Sachdeva, one of the Twitteratti tweets, “For the first Time feeling jealous of #Pakistan such bold judgement. Wow! #PanamaPapers #PanamaVerdict.”
Geet Varun says “BlackMoney is Very Useful in Bhashans & Prachar. Zero Action on the Ground by Modi Sarkar, While PanamaVerdict Out in Pak #PanamaPapers”.
Madhuri Danthala, a columnist and political analyst, who is followed by many dignitaries writes “India is safer than ever. Be it Lynch Mob or Corrupted Mob All u have to do is to chant RIGHT Mantra #PaNaMo #PanamaCase”
A social activist from Bihar in India jokingly said “Thanks that Lalu Prasad Yadava’s name was not cropped up in the files, otherwise, the case would have been solved very early.”