NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — On Sunday, the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung exposed alleged involvement of a number of former and current world leaders and their confidants, including Sharif's children, in tax havens schemes using the information obtained in a data leak by the Panama firm.
"Both the children of Nawaz Sharif file their tax returns in accordance with law, and do business abroad like children of common Pakistanis do. The documents do not mention that Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif have properties out of the country," Pakistani Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said.
Mossack Fonseca responded by refusing to validate the information contained in the leaks and accused reporters of gaining unauthorized access to its proprietary documents. It warned that using unlawfully-obtained data was a crime that it would not hesitate to punish by legal means.