Islamabad: Due to the leak of data from a major Swiss bank, information about 600 accounts linked to 1400 Pakistani citizens has come to the fore. Media reports gave this information on Sunday. According to leaked data from Credit Suisse, an investment banking firm registered in Switzerland, the account holders include several prominent politicians and generals, including ex-ISI chief, General Akhtar Abdur Rahman Khan.
A report published in The New York Times said that Khan received billions of dollars in cash and other aid from the United States and other countries to help the mujahideen fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. helped deliver.
Money given for Afghan Mujahideen fighters fighting with Russia
The Dawn newspaper quoted the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) report as saying that Saudi Arabia and US funding for the Mujahideen fighters battling Russia in Afghanistan, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). ) into a Swiss bank account. Quoting the report, the publication said, “The final recipient in this process was the Inter-Services Intelligence Group (ISI) of Pakistan, [उस समय] Under Akhtar.” The News International newspaper reported that the average maximum balance in Pakistani accounts was 4.42 million Swiss francs.
Declaration of assets not before the Election Commission
The Pakistani publication further noted that many political persons did not mention these accounts in the declaration of their assets submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan, which they had opened when they were the holders of public office.
These latest leaks also follow the so-called Panama Papers in 2016, the Paradise Papers in 2017 and last year’s Pandora Papers. As The New York Times reports, a self-described whistle-blower leaked data on more than 18,000 bank accounts, collectively amounting to more than $100 billion, to the German newspaper Sudeutsch Zeitung. More revelations are expected in the coming days, as more details about the leak become public.
Earlier in January, Pakistan was ranked 140 out of 180 in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021 by Transparency International, which was 16 places lower than the previous year.
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