Different reactions occurred in different parts of the world after the biggest leak of history (Panama papers) came to the light of day. The funniest however were from Pakistan. When the whole word was busy doing the conventional things like forming inquiry commissions and presenting themselves for accountability, the ministers in Pakistan took on the challenging of being different from everybody else and to defend themselves in a unique way.
Parvez Rashid, the information minister of Nawaz Sharif’s government, representing the ruling party, started his defense statement with a big smile and a sincere thanks to the almighty, he went on to say “We are thankful to the almighty for bringing the truth out, these panama leaks have cleared us from all sort of allegations, they have proven that Nawaz Sharif is innocent, and they have badly exposed Imran khan”. Don’t worry if you do not understand this statement, because apparently nobody else as well was able to interpret what Khan might have to do with the leaks.
And as one would hope, this strategy didn’t quite work, rather than sympathizing with Rasheed’s statement, the media got more suspicious and started to ask more questions. Mr.Parvez Rasheed was quick in realizing the sensitivity of the matter, and decided to change his defense policy right away.
He called for a press conference, and this time along with few papers, he brought the front line defender of N-League, Danyal Aziz with him as well. As usual with his smile and calm style he began to speak. This time he didn’t criticize Khan for leveling baseless allegations against Shareefs, but he went on to target Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital -which is one of its kind in the whole world, and provides free of cost cancer remedy to the under privileged patients- , the journalists were all very curious that may be the documents possessed by Rasheed mention SKMH to be a Panama beneficiary as well, and they might have missed it. But their curiosity turned sour when Parvez Rasheed presented a false document on SKMH which stated that SKMH lost millions of dollars of fund in investment abroad.
On lighter note: tweeps started a trend on twitter #SKMHvsPANAMA to lighten up the day of their fellow tweeps.
Rehman Malik, a senior statesman of Pakistan People’s Party, on the other hand labelled the leaks as a RAW(Indian Intelligence Agency) mega-scheme against him. Many of the journalists and anchors tried to raise Malik’s concern with the panel of their analysts, but much to their (and Malik’s) disappointment, nobody seemed interested in discussing it.
Hussain Nawaz, the son of Pakistani premier and the main accused of the Panama leaks, competed well with the other amazing defenses. In response to a question from a renowned journalist Shahzeb khanzada about the worth of his companies and the initial seed money, he responded by comparing this question to equivalent of asking a married couple about their sexual life. “These figures are very personal to every business, and I am entitled to be discrete about them”, he further added. Khanzada seemed a bit confused to the idea that why all the other businesses were revealing their numbers so proudly and openly if this was such a secret matter, however Hussain insisted on not discussing the numbers.
Rana Sana Ullah, the ex law minister of punjab -who was sacked by the chief minister earlier- also defended his party leader. His argument was that these papers are false and have no legitimacy or credibility. Similar response was given by him when Punjab police shot 14 people, including a pregnant woman in capital city of the province Lahore back in 2015 summer.
The second best response in this regard was of the premier himself who while delivering a speech to the nation said “Those who are involved in corrupt practices have two qualities. They hide their taxes, and their property is not in their names”. Journalists across the country found this response to be quite ironic, as both of these qualities were depicted by the premier himself and his family.
The crown response however is from the provincial assembly of Punjab, which passed a resolution by clear majority, declaring Panama leaks as “Satanic Leaks”.