23 September, 2016 12:01


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csYDGS1QrHw
http://www.samaa.tv/videos/nadeemmalik/2016/09/nadeem-malik-live-22-sept-2016/
http://siasatkorner.com/threads/nadeem-malik-live-mqm-controversy-raiwind-march-22nd-september-2016.363865/
http://www.pakistanherald.com/program/41086/22-september-2016/nadeem-malik-live-mqm-controversy-(and)-raiwind-march

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22-SEPTEMBER-2016

TOPIC- SPATE BETWEEN MQM PAKISTAN AND LONDON

GUESTS- GENERAL PERVEZ MUSHARAF, RAZA HAROON, INBISAT MALIK, IRIM FAROOQI, AETZAZ AHSAN

GENERAL PERVEZ MUSHARAF FORMER PRESIDENT said that he does not see any political role of Altaf Hussain after his speech, charges of money laundering, killing and accusation of being an agent of RAW. He said that Mohajir community has to play its role in Pakistan minus Altaf Hussain because MQM name has been maligned enough. He said that his sympathies are not with MQM but with Mohajir community to pull them out of the crises. He said that people in Pakistan called themselves Mohajir, Sindhi and Balochi they all should be Pakistani only.

RAZA HAROON OF PSP said that it is MQM London and not PSP that is demanding the resignations of MQM Pakistan resignations from the assemblies. He said that PSP said that if MQM comes out for their workers in jail just like Khawaja Izhar PSP will support them. He said that Farooq Sattar and other MQM Pakistan member assemblies should resign and contest new elections if they do so PSP will not contest against them.

He said that if Irim Farooqi has some evidence of the threat by the MQM London to MQM Pakistan she should convey the information to the authorities. He said that MQM London has become feeble it has no power anymore. He said that it is the God will that MQM herself is calling Altaf Hussain traitor.

INBISAT MALIK OF MQM said that if they do not trust us they should resign from the assemblies. He said that many members of MQM Pakistan have contacted with London office but he can not reveal the names yet. He questioned that why his patriotism is considered dubious Pakistan is Zindabad. He said that Altaf Hussain has twice apologized on his statement we should move on now.

IRIM FAROOQI FORMER MQM LEADER said that when MQM Pakistan is saying that they have nothing to do with London office then how they can demand resignations from them. She said that no boy knows that where Altaf Hussain is now and why his birthday pictures are not made public. She said that she learned that some MQM workers celebrated Altaf Hussain birthday in Pakistan. She said that MQM London infect is threatening MQM Pakistan to resign or face the consequences.

AETZAZ AHSAN OF PPPP said that it not necessary to join Imran Khan rally PPPP is going to hold its own protest on 30th of September. He said that PPPP will be on the roads on 30th of September but it will be in Lahore or elsewhere has not been decided yet. He said that there is enough evidence against Hussain Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz in the case of Panama Leaks Hussain Nawaz’s own statement is enough evidence against him. He said that it is shame that no institution has taken any action against Nawaz Sharif on Panama Leaks.

22 September, 2016 22:21


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22-SEPTEMBER-2016

الطاف حسین پر منی لانڈرنگ کلنگ اور را کے ایجنٹ ہونے کا جو الزام ہے اس کے بعد مجھے ان کا پاکستان کی سیاست میں کوئی کردار دکھائی نہیں دے رہا۔ پرویز مشرف کی ندیم ملک لائیو میں گفتگو

پاکستان میں اب مہاجر کمیونٹی کو اپنا کردار مائنس الطاف حسین ادا کرنا پڑے گا ایم کیو ایم کا نام بہت بدنام ہو چکا ہے۔ پرویز مشرف

میری ہمدردی ایم کیو ایم سے نہیں ہے لیکن مہاجر کمیونٹی سے ضرور ہے میں ان کو اس بحران سے نکالنا چاہتا ہوں۔ پرویز مشرف

پاکستان میں کوئی مہاجر بنا ہوا ہے کوئی بلوچی تو کوئی سندھی سب کو پاکستانی ہونا چاہئیے۔ پرویز مشرف

ایم کیو ایم پاکستان سے استعفوں کا مطالبہ ہم نے نہیں ایم کیو ایم لندن نے کیا ہے رضا ہارون

ہم نے یہ کہا تھا کہ اگر ایم کیو ایم خواجہ اظہار کی طرح اپنے باقی کارکنوں کی رہائی کے لئیے بھی باہر تو ہم ساتھ دیں گے۔رضا ہارون

فاروق ستار اور دوسرے ایم کیو ایم سے استعفے دے کر اپنے کارکنوں کی رہائی کے لئیے سڑکوں پر آیں ہم ساتھ دیں گے۔ رضا ہارون

فاروق ستار اور دوسرے ایم کیو ایم سے استعفے دیں اور دوبارہ الیکشن لڑیں۔ رضا ہارون

ایم کیو ایم پاکستان اگر استعفے دے کر دوبارہ الیکشن لڑے تو پی ایس پی اس کے خلاف اپنے امیدوار کھڑے نہیں کرے گی۔ رضا ہارون

ایم کیو ایم لندن نے ایم کیو ایم پاکستان سے کہا ہے کہ اگر انہیں ہم پر اعتماد نہیں ہے تو پھر وہ اپنی اسمبلی رکنیت سے استعفے دے دیں۔ انبساط ملک

ایم کیو ایم پاکستان کے بہت سے لوگوں نے لندن سے رابطہ کیا ہے لیکن ابھی ان کے نام نہیں بتا سکتا۔ انبساط ملک

جب ایم کیو ایم پاکستان کہہ رہی ہے کہ اس کا لندن کے ساتھ کوئی تعلق نہیں ہے تو پھر وہ کس طرح استعفوں کا مطالبہ کر رہی ہے۔ارم فاروقی

کسی کو معلوم ہے کہ الطاف حسین اس وقت کہاں ہے اور اس کی سالگرہ کی تصویریں سامنے کیوں نہیں آیں۔ ارم فاروقی

مجھے معلوم ہوا ہے کہ پاکستان میں ایم کیو ایم کے کچھ کارکنوں نے الطاف حسین کی سالگرہ منائی ہے۔ ارم فاروقی

ایم کیو ایم لندن در حقیقت ایم کیو ایم پاکستان کو دھمکی دے رہی ہے کہ استعفے دو ورنہ نتائج کے لئیے تیار ہو جاؤ۔ ارم فاروقی

ارم فاروقی کے پاس اگر ایم کیو ایم لندن کی دھمکی کی کوئی اطلاع ہے تو انہیں اتھارٹیز کو بتانا چاہئیے۔ رضا ہارون

ضروری نہیں کہ ہم عمران خان کی ریلی میں شامل ہوں پیپلز پارٹی تیس ستمبر کو پاناما لیکس کے خلاف اپنی علحیدہ ریلی نکالنے جا رہی ہے۔ اعتزاز احسن

پیپلز پارٹی تیس ستمبر کو سڑکوں پر آئے گی لیکن یہ لاہور میں آئے گی یا نہیں ابھی فیصلہ نہیں ہوا۔ اعتزاز احسن

حسین نواز اور مریم نواز کے خلاف پاناما لیکس پر بہت ثبوت موجود ہیں حسین نواز کا بیان ہی ان کے خلاف کافی ثبوت ہے۔ اعتزاز احسن

یہ شرمناک بات ہے کہ اب تک پاکستان کے کسی ادارے نے نواز شریف کے خلاف پاناما لیکس پر کوئی کاروائی نہیں کی ہے۔ اعتزاز احسن

میری حب الوطنی پر شک کیوں کیا جا رہا ہے پاکستان زندہ باد ہے۔انبساط ملک

الطاف حسین نے اپنے بیان پر دو مرتبہ معافی مانگی ہے اب اس بات کو ختم کر دینا چاہئیے۔ انبساط ملک

ایم کیو ایم لندن بالکل کمزور ہو چکی ہے اب اس کے پاس کوئی طاقت نہیں ہے۔ رضا ہارون

مکافات عمل ہے کہ آج خود ایم کیو ایم پارلیمنٹ میں کھڑے ہو کر الطاف حسین کو غدار اور غداری کا مقدمہ کرنے کو کہہ رہی ہے۔ رضا ہارون

ماضی میں جو ایم کیو ایم چھو ڑ دیتا تھا اس کو غدار کہا جاتا تھا۔ رضا ہارون

NADEEM MALIK LIVE


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    #NadeemMalikLive https://youtu.be/xCpDPrHhYqg @ShkhRasheed #Pakistan.

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    I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://youtu.be/xCpDPrHhYqg?a Army Ki Taiyari Puri | Nadeem Malik Live | 21 Sept 2016

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    Former US President Ronald Reagan on Afghan Mujahideen @DanaRohrabacher @JudgeTedPoe @BarackObama #Pakistan

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    Ronald Reagan on Afghan Mujahideen @DanaRohrabacher

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  5. Nadeem Malik ‏@nadeemmalik 14h14 hours ago
    What should be #Pakistan Response to Indian Threats #NadeemMalikLive: http://youtu.be/9QhZjchdDq4?a via @YouTube

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    Who Killed Murtaza Bhutto @ShkhRasheed #Pakistan ##NadeemMalikLive: http://youtu.be/KJC08Pawga8?a via @YouTube

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    #Pakistan will not allow externally sponsored terrorism and threats of destabilization to cause turbulence in Pakistan: PM

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  8. Nadeem Malik ‏@nadeemmalik 15h15 hours ago
    #Pakistan has been the principal victim of terrorism including that supported, sponsored and financed from abroad: PM #UNGA

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  9. Nadeem Malik ‏@nadeemmalik 15h15 hours ago
    #Pakistan demand an inquiry into the extra-judicial killings, and a UN fact finding mission to investigate brutalities in Occupied #Kashmir

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  10. Nadeem Malik ‏@nadeemmalik 15h15 hours ago
    #Pakistan demand release of #Kashmir political prisoners; end curfew; freedom; medical help; abrogation of draconian laws; remove travel ban

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  11. Nadeem Malik ‏@nadeemmalik 15h15 hours ago
    #Pakistan open to discussing all measures of restraint & responsibility with India in any forum or format & without any conditions: PM #UNGA

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  12. Nadeem Malik ‏@nadeemmalik 20h20 hours ago
    U know American CIA recruited Arab Mujahid for Afghan Jihad, Armed Iraq, Syria rebels http://poe.house.gov/2016/9/chairman-poe-introduces-the-pakistan-state-sponsor-of-terrorism-designation-act … @DanaRohrabacher @JudgeTedPoe

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    #Pakistan#1 Test #Cricket. Well deserved @captainmisbahpk

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    Positive Beginning: میں مہاجر نہیں، پاکستانی ہوں: @faisalsubzwari #Pakistan

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    #MQM #Pakistan presents resolution in Sindh Assembly demanding action against Altaf Hussain under Article 6, along with #PPP #PTI

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    #NadeemMalikLive https://youtu.be/Gba-TXSUbK4 @P_Musharraf #Pakistan

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    I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://youtu.be/Gba-TXSUbK4?a Nadeem Malik Live- 20 Sept 2016

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    Gen Musharraf see end of Altaf Hussain in Politics #Pakistan

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    Gen Musharraf talks about extremist India & Modi

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    Who created Mujahideen in the words of @HillaryClinton #Pakistan #Afghanistan

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    #NadeemMalikLive https://youtu.be/cH7GlMfrMhc #Pakistan @ArifAlvi @RealM_Zubair @SaeedGhani1 Salman Baloch

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  23. Nadeem Malik ‏@nadeemmalik Sep 20
    I just uploaded “PM Policy Statement at #UNGA” to #Vimeo:

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    I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://youtu.be/cH7GlMfrMhc?a Nadeem Malik Live – 19 Sept 2016

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    Indian atrocities in occupied #Kashmir

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  26. Nadeem Malik ‏@nadeemmalik Sep 19
    Corps Commanders take note of the hostile narrative being propagated by India #UriAttack

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    #Pakistan @shawanashah3 has won the International #HumanitarianAward 2016. The only Asian and Youngest one

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    Timing of #UriAttack has shifted focus away from Indian atrocities in Occupied #Kashmir ahead of #UNGA

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    اے سبز گنبد والے منظور دعا کرنا جب وقتِ نزع آئے دیدار عطا کرنا #AmjadSabri

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    #NadeemMalikLive Compulsory Tax Audit of All Parliamentarians is a Must for Transparency & Compliance #Pakistan

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Offshore Files from The Bahamas


Former EU Official Among Politicians Named in New Leak of Offshore Files from The Bahamas


The Bahamas

The Bahamas have been on the radar of tax officials around the world for nearly a century. Photo: ShutterstocBy Will Fitzgibbon and Emilia Díaz-StruckSeptember 21, 2016, 2:00 pm

KEY FINDINGS

  • Millions of leaked files from two financial service providers, a private bank in Jersey and the Bahamas corporate registry reveal how tax havens around the world are used to hide riches.
  • Government officials and their families and associates in China, Azerbaijan, Russia, Canada, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, Mongolia and other countries have embraced the use of covert companies and bank accounts.
  • The mega-rich use complex offshore structures to own mansions, yachts, art masterpieces and other assets, gaining tax advantages and anonymity not available to average people.
  • Many of the world’s top’s banks – including UBS, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank – have aggressively worked to provide their customers with secrecy-cloaked companies in the British Virgin Islands and other offshore hideaways.
  • A well-paid industry of accountants, middlemen and other operatives has helped offshore patrons shroud their identities and business interests, providing shelter in many cases to money laundering or other misconduct.
  • Ponzi schemers and other large-scale fraudsters routinely use offshore havens to pull off their shell games and move their ill-gotten gains.

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A cache of leaked documents provides names of politicians and others linked to more than 175,000 Bahamian companies registered between 1990 and 2016

For years, Neelie Kroes traveled Europe as one of the continent’s senior officials, warning big corporations that they couldn’t “run away” from the European Union’s rules. The Dutch politician sympathized with average citizens who worried they’d been left to pay the bills “as infringers cream off the extra profits.”

As the EU’s commissioner for competition policy from 2004 until 2010, she was Europe’s top corporate enforcer and made Forbes magazine’s annual list of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” five times.

What Kroes never told audiences – and didn’t tell European Commission officials in mandatory disclosures – was that she had been listed as a director of an offshore company in the Bahamas, the Caribbean tax haven whose secrecy and tax structures have attracted multinational companies and criminals alike.

Kroes was listed as director of a Bahamian company from 2000 to 2009, according to documents reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Kroes, through a lawyer, told ICIJ and media partners that she did not declare her directorship of the company because it was never operational. Kroes’ lawyer blamed her appearance on company records as “a clerical oversight which was not corrected until 2009.” Her lawyer said the company, set up through a Jordanian businessman and friend of Kroes, had been created to investigate the possibility of raising money to purchase assets – worth more than $6 billion – from Enron Corp., the American energy giant. The deal never came off, and Enron later collapsed amid a massive accounting scandal.

Emily O’Reilly, the European Ombudsman with powers to investigate alleged breaches of EU rules and procedures, did not comment on the Kroes’ case but said: “When the rules are breached, whether accidentally or otherwise, the negative impression it leaves with the public tends to resonate more strongly than any positive counter steps subsequently undertaken.”

Details of Kroes’ link to the offshore company are among the revelations found in a new leak of documents, received by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with ICIJ, that disclose details behind companies incorporated in the Bahamas. The cache of 1.3 million files from the island nation’s corporate registry provides names of directors and some owners of more than 175,000 Bahamian companies, trusts and foundations registered between 1990 and early 2016.

Today ICIJ, Süddeutsche Zeitung and other media partners are making this information available to the public. This creates, for the first time, a free, online and publicly-searchable database of offshore companies set up in the Bahamas. This information has been combined with data from the Panama Papers and other leaked offshore documents to add additional heft to one of the largest public databases of offshore entities in history.

Neelie KroesFormer EU commissioner Neelie Kroes. Photo: AP Photo/Geert Vanden WijngaertThe new information reveals previously unknown or little-reported connections to companies owned or run by current or former politicians from the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In the Bahamas’ capital, Nassau, company documents can be consulted in person. An online registry, in theory, serves the same purpose. Yet the information in the online registry maintained by the Bahamian government is often incomplete. In addition, retrieving one company’s documents will cost at least $10, in conflict with the recommendation of the international association of company registries, which discourages search fees.

The data released today involve the basic building blocks of offshore companies: a company’s name, its date of creation, the physical and mailing address in the Bahamas and, in some cases, the company’s directors. At a basic level, this information is crucial to day-to-day commerce. In other cases, police, detectives and fraud investigators use registries as starting points on the trail of wrongdoing.

“Corporate registries are incredibly important,” said Debra LaPrevotte, a former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent whose work included tracing billions of dollars in bribes and corruption proceeds hidden in tax havens for politicians from Ukraine, Nigeria and Bangladesh. “Offshore companies are often used as intermediaries to facilitate money laundering and, frequently, the companies are only used to open bank accounts, thus the corporate registry documents, which might identify the beneficial owners, are part of the evidence.”

Fresh insights

Unlike the Panama Papers, 11.5 million often-detailed emails, contracts, audio recordings and other documents from one law firm, the information listed in the new Bahamian documents is plainer — if still fundamental — in content. The new data does not make it clear, for example, whether directors named in connection with a Bahamian firm truly control the company or act as nominees, employees-for-hire who serve as the face of the company but have no involvement in its operations.

When paired with the Panama Papers, the Bahamas data provide fresh insights into the offshore dealings of politicians, criminals and executives as well as the bankers and lawyers who help move money.

The new leaked documents include the names of 539 registered agents— corporate middlemen who serve as intermediaries between Bahamian authorities and customers who wish to create an offshore company. Among them is Mossack Fonseca, the law firm whose leaked files formed the basis of the Panama Papers. The firm set up 15,915 entities in the Bahamas, making it Mossack Fonseca’s third busiest jurisdiction. At one point, Bahamian companies were among Mossack Fonseca’s best-sellers.

Mossack Fonseca offices.A police officer outside Mossack Fonseca’s Panama City office. Photo: AP Photo/Arnulfo FrancoThe Panama Papers show how Mossack Fonseca helped clients use Bahamian secrecy to keep their name out of public filings and how the law firm undermined the global push towards tax transparency.

Beyond Mossack Fonseca and the Panama Papers, the leaked Bahamian files reveal details of the offshore activities of prime ministers, cabinet ministers, princes and convicted felons. It is generally not illegal to own or direct an offshore company, and there are legitimate business reasons in many cases for setting up an offshore structure. But transparency experts say it’s important that public officials disclose their connections to offshore entities.

The political and government figures named in the leaked documents include Colombia’s minister of mines and energy between 1999 and 2001, Carlos Caballero Argáez. He was listed as president and secretary of a Bahamian company, Pavc Properties Inc., between 1997 and 2008. Caballero Argáez also appeared as director of Norway Inc., a company registered in the Bahamas between 1990 and 2015.

Argáez told ICIJ that Norway Inc. held a Miami bank account owned by his father. The account’s assets were distributed to his sons upon his death, Argáez said. Pavc Properties owned an apartment in Miami, Argáez said, and his relationship with the company ended in 2008, when he sold his shares. Argáez said he and others chose the Bahamas on lawyers’ advice. He denied any conflict of interest. He said the company was set in the Bahamas for “tax purposes.”

In the case of Kroes, the former senior EU official, the records show that she was director of Mint Holdings Ltd from July 2000 to October 2009. The company was registered in the Bahamas in April 2000 and is currently active.

In response to questions from ICIJ, the Guardian and Dutch newspapers Trouw and Het Financieele Dagblad, Kroes acknowledged that she did not disclose her connection to this company in her declarations of personal financial interests when she first became competition commissioner in 2004 or in later declarations as she continued serving as a high-level EU official.

Kroes served as competition commissioner from November 2004 to February 2010 and as digital commissioner from February 2010 to November 2014.

EU rules require that European commissioners declare all their economic interests in the previous 10 years, including governing, supervisory and advisory positions in companies devoted to commercial and economic activities.

Mint Holdings’ other directors included Jordanian businessman Amin Badr-El-Din. Badr-El-Din was still listed as holding that position in documents from July 2015. The Bahamas online corporate registry does not list the company’s directors.

Mint Holdings Ltd.Click to explore the Offshore Leaks Database.Badr-El-Din founded UAE Offsets Group, a company that reinvests proceeds from weapons sales into the United Arab Emirates. UAE Offsets Group previously contracted with the weapons manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin Corp. Kroes worked as a lobbyist for Lockheed prior to being named EU competition commissioner.

When she was appointed EU competition commissioner, Kroes placed her money in a blind trust and promised to avoid adjudicating on companies with which she had a connection. While her opponents worried that she might be soft on the business world, Kroes earned the nickname “Steely Neelie” as she imposed record fines on companies that fixed prices and organized unfair monopolies.

Since stepping away from her EU positions, however, she has criticized her successor as competition minister for a ruling declaring that tech giant Apple owes Ireland €13 billion in unpaid taxes.

Kroes, 75, is currently a director or board member of several companies and serves as an advisor to Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Uber. She remains an influential member of the Netherlands’ ruling People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy.

Kroes rejected any criticism of her business activities. Her lawyer said she denied that “she was ever conflicted by ties to the private sector.”

The declarations to the European Union that omitted mention of Mint Holdings were “made in good faith” and “to the best of her knowledge,” Kroes’ lawyer said. “The assumption was that she was no longer a director after the company was no longer needed.”

“Mrs. Kroes will inform the President of the European Commission of this oversight and will take full responsibility for it,” Kroes’ lawyer said.

Badr-El-Din said “Mint Holdings was established as a special purpose vehicle to manage the acquisition of international energy assets, principally from Enron. That deal fell through in late summer of 2000.”

If the deal had gone through, said an attorney for Badr-El-Din, the company was to become “the world’s premier gas company, leading industry away from oil and coal” and reduce Europe’s dependency on Russia’s energy monopoly.

Badr-El-Din’s role in the proposed purchase of Enron’s global assets had been previously disclosed by The New York Times, but Kroes’ involvement in the potential deal apparently had never been reported.

Kroes continued being listed as a director of Mint Holdings until 2009 because the “lawyers involved did not carry out all the instructions and terminate Mrs Kroes’ directorship with Mint Holding,” Badr-El-Din said. “Once these clerical oversights came to light in 2009, they were corrected.”

The Switzerland of the West

The Bahamas is a constellation of 700 islands, many smaller than a square mile. It is one of a handful of micro nations south of the United States whose confidentiality laws and reluctance to share information with foreign governments gave rise to the term “Caribbean curtain.”

For nearly a century, the Bahamas has been on the radar of tax officials around the world.

Nassau, the BahamasThe Bahamas’ capital, Nassau, is home to cruise ships, resorts and offshore service providers. Photo: ShutterstockIn the 1930s, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service investigated Americans who avoided taxes in Switzerland and the Bahamas, which once sold itself as the “Switzerland of the West.” The focus intensified in the 1960s when U.S. investigators noticed an uptick in the use of the Bahamas by organized crime bosses. U.S. bank assets in the Bahamas, meanwhile, ballooned eight times between 1973 and 1979. By the end of the 1970s, one study reported that the “flow of criminal and tax evasion money” into the Bahamas was $20 billion a year.

The Caribbean nation was not easy to penetrate.

To peek behind the curtain, a clandestine U.S. government project named “Operation Tradewinds” used IRS agents who paid an informant to enter the bedroom of a Bahamian banker visiting Miami and to remove his briefcase. At a nearby restaurant, another IRS informant provided the oblivious banker with “female entertainment.”

The briefcase held a goldmine of information from one Bahamian bank on 308 U.S. account holders, including mafia kingpins, celebrities and corporate moguls, who reportedly held as much as a quarter of a billion dollars.

Although the operation led to criminal prosecutions and $100 million in tax penalties, it was scrapped in 1975 after congressional outcry into the IRS’s use of informants. A U.S. court later declared the briefcase search “flagrantly illegal.”

In 2000, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the world’s leading tax policy forum, placed the Bahamas on a blacklist of countries that aid tax dodging. After the Bahamas hurriedly introduced nine new laws, the OECD removed it from the blacklist in 2001. In 2009, though, the OECD put the Bahamas on the organization’s “gray list,” a less severe categorization that nonetheless signified nonconformity with international standards.

The Bahamas is a staple of U.S. tax evasion investigations. Walter C. Anderson, a Washington, D.C., telecommunications executive who disguised his ownership of companies through shell entities in the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, was sent to prison in 2007 for evading more than $200 million in income taxes. In 2007, billionaire real estate developer Igor Olenicoff pleaded guilty to a federal tax felony relating to misleading tax returns and the quiet transfer of $196 million into the Bahamas. Olenicoff, who chaired two Bahamian companies with bank accounts on the island, told Forbes earlier this year “that his offshore law firm of choice was in the Bahamas.”

Years later, the Bahamas emerged as a common thread in the U.S. Department of Justice’s crackdown on Swiss banking giant UBS. Between 2009 and 2014, the agency took criminal actions against U.S. citizens and residents with offshore dealings in the Bahamas, including a consultant from California, a steel executive from Illinois, a computer executive from Ohio, a Texan oil industry consultant, a Florida hotel developer and a New Mexico farmer.

In many cases, U.S. investigators struggled to know where to begin. Bahamian law requires the names of directors, who have complete power over offshore companies, to be filed with the national registrar. Yet the names are not always available online and directors’ names cannot be searched individually or without preexisting knowledge of the Bahamian company’s name. That makes it difficult to check whether a public official or a corporate executive is linked to companies chartered in the Bahamas.

In the new documents, for example, Exxon Azerbaijan Caspian Sea Limited, the energy giant’s company in the repressive yet oil-rich nation Azerbaijan lists no directors in the Bahamas registry. Yet there are 19 directors listed in the documents seen by ICIJ. The Bahamian company Equatorial Guinea LNG Holdings Limited shows no directors in the Bahamas’ public registry but, in files reviewed by ICIJ, six well-connected Equatorial Guineans appear, including the First Lady’s brother and four current and former ministers of energy.

Jason Sharman, who co-authored a survey of information from 40 corporate registers around the world, said the names of offshore company directors are basic information that should be easily accessible to the public.

These days, the Bahamas, a one-hour plane ride from Miami to the capital, Nassau, claims to be cleaner than ever. Yet doubts persist.

“Bahamas has taken an attitude of selective noncompliance with its own laws, and it is now pushing out this message with a nudge, nudge, wink, wink.” – Nicholas Shaxson

In 2014, the most recent review of the Bahamas’ anti-money laundering systems by the OECD faulted the country on half of the core measures used to judge countries’ compliance with international standards. This included no requirement for banks or financial institutions to know the real identity of a company or trust owner. Although the OECD now considers the Bahamas compliant, in June 2015, the European Union listed the Bahamas and 30 other countries as uncooperative tax havens.

Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World, said the Bahamas is one of the handful of tax havens with a riskier and wilder reputation than bigger offshore jurisdictions such as Switzerland.

The Bahamas is “on a par with Panama in terms of its thirst for and tolerance of dirty money,” said Shaxson.

Recently, Shaxson said, as governments push tax havens to share banking and financial information with national tax agencies concerned about offshore evasion by citizens, the Bahamas has pushed back.

“They are saying ‘While everyone else is being transparent, your secrets are safe with us,’” said Shaxson. “Bahamas has also long taken an attitude of selective noncompliance with its own laws, and it is now pushing out this message with a nudge, nudge, wink, wink.”

Bahamian authorities told ICIJ that the country honors its international obligations and cooperates with international authorities. The Bahamas “does not tolerate dirty money,” authorities said, noting it “has in many areas been rated as ‘largely compliant’ with international standards.”

Authorities did not comment on specific cases and defended the Bahamian corporate registry. “Fees for online registry searches covers the cost and upgrading of the online system,” said authorities.

Regarding the sharing of tax information, authorities said: “The Bahamas negotiates in good faith with all appropriate partners of the Global Forum for transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes, subject to…international confidentiality and data security standards.”

Rulers, kleptocrats and yachts

Marco Antonio and Augusto PinochetFormer Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, right, with his son Marco Antonio. Photo: AP Photo / Martin ThomasBahamian companies, trusts and bank accounts have appeared in numerous cases involving the seizure of dictators’ and politicians’ money. The son of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet used a Bahamian company, Meritor Investments Limited, to move $1.3 million to his father. Pinochet’s son, Marco Antonio, dismissed the allegations as “lies” and declared no wrongdoing through the Bahamas. Pinochet himself owned another Bahamian company, Ashburton Company Limited, set up in 1996. Abba Abacha, the son of former Nigerian president, Sani Abacha, had $350 million frozen in Luxembourg and the Bahamas as part of a global asset hunt into the estimated $3 billion stripped from Nigeria during his father’s five-year rule.

Bahamian companies and bank accounts have also played key roles in graft schemes involving former politicians from Greece, Ukraine, Kuwait and Trinidad and Tobago and in illegal kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi government under the United Nations Oil-for-Food program.

The Bahamas was also linked to the dealings of five politicians and public officials revealed in the Panama Papers.

They include Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Qatar’s former prime minister and foreign minister until 2013, who owned Trick One Limited, a Bahamas company. In January 2005, when foreign minister, Al Thani signed a loan agreement with a bank for $53 million. As collateral on the loan, Al Thani signed up the Al Marqab, a 133-meter, prize-winning yacht worth $300 million.

An attorney for Al Thani declined to comment.

Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, his father Francisco and brother Mariano, directed Fleg Trading Ltd, set up in the Bahamas in 1998 and dissolved 11 years later. Macri did not disclose his connection to Fleg Trading in asset declarations in 2007 and 2008 when he was mayor of Buenos Aires. Following the release of Panama Papers, an Argentine prosecutor sought information from authorities in Panama and the Bahamas as part of an investigation into whether Macri “maliciously” omitted his connections to the company.”

Macri’s spokesman told ICIJ that the Argentine president didn’t disclose Fleg Trading Ltd. because he held no financial interests or shares in the company.

The Bahamas was also where meetings and documents were held for Blairmore Holdings Inc., the investment fund directed by Ian Cameron, father of former British Prime Minister David Cameron. Ian Cameron died on Sept. 8, 2010. After the release of the Panama Papers, David Cameron was forced to admit that he financially benefited from the fund, which managed tens of millions of pounds on behalf of wealthy families. Through the offshore structure, incorporated in Panama but run from the Bahamas, the fund avoided paying tax in the United Kingdom.

Mossack Fonseca did not reply to ICIJ’s request for comment. The law firm previously told ICIJ: “As a registered agent we merely help incorporate companies, and before we agree to work with a client in any way, we conduct a thorough due-diligence process, one that in every case meets and quite often exceeds all relevant local rules, regulations and standards to which we and others are bound.”

Happy with status quo

Mossack Fonseca pushed the Bahamas’s confidentiality laws as a selling point and echoed the country’s own defense of the offshore industry in the face growing global calls for transparency.

In 2003, as the country recovered from its money-laundering blacklisting, a Mossack Fonseca employee met with a client to discuss the need for “an aggressive public relations campaign … to try to change the bad perception people have about the Bahamas when it comes to privacy.” Information was “not exchanged often or extensively,” the two reassured one another, according to internal notes from the Panama Papers.

In 2009, a Mossack Fonseca employee proposed transferring a U.S. customer’s assets to a trust in the Bahamas to ensure confidentiality during a bankruptcy. In 2014, Mossack Fonseca suggested to a New Zealand client that he use a Bahamas bank to obscure his ownership of a company. In 2015, a Spanish client used the Bahamas to bank half a million dollars she did not wish to declare back home. Another Spaniard used Mossack Fonseca’s in-house directors for a company to avoid listing his name in public registers.

Tax reform advocates have criticized tax havens, including the Bahamas, for trumpeting transparency while signing exchange agreements with other tax havens or with small countries unlikely to yield much information of use to poor, tax-starved governments. It signed one such agreement in 2010 with Greenland, which has a population of 57,000. A Mossack Fonseca employee and a Swiss client “joked” during a meeting in 2014 about a similar agreement between Greenland and another tax haven, Switzerland, according to internal meeting notes.

Bahamas brochureA brochure promoting the Bahamas financial services industry.Today, in advertising material, the Bahamas promotes a “unique approach” that purports to respect international rules yet protect its offshore clients. The Bahamas reassures potential investors that it will share tax information later than most other countries and, even then, only with selected governments that meet stringent technical and confidentiality requirements.

In line with this approach, the Bahamas has not signed the global treaty that helps countries share tax information. The OECD, the treaty’s governing body, calls it the “most powerful instrument against offshore tax evasion and avoidance.” In August, the number of participants hit 103, which includes tax havens and some of the world’s poorest countries.

The Bahamas argues that the cost and administrative burden of automatically exchanging tax details is too high and that client privacy could be jeopardized. The Bahamas claims it will instead uphold international rules through bilateral, or one-to-one, agreements.

“I am very doubtful that jurisdictions that seek to maintain bilateralism on this issue are serious about meeting their commitments even under bilateral agreements,” said Reuven Avi-Yonah, professor of tax law at the University of Michigan and former consultant for the United States and the OECD.

The multilateral convention “is the new global standard,” said Professor Avi-Yonah, “and jurisdictions that are serious about exchange of information sign on to it. I worry that money will flow to the bilateral jurisdictions and no information will be forthcoming.”

The Bahamas, however, has reason to be happy with the status quo. In 2016, the Bahamas expects to earn $17.7 million from offshore company fees.

Recently, when countries met to forge an agreement on swapping tax information between nations, organizers declared that soon tax cheats would have “nowhere left to hide.” The Bahamas’ minister of financial services struck another note with reporters, concluding: “We got everything we wanted.”

Contributors to this story: Mar Cabra, Rigoberto Carvajal, Miguel Fiandor Gutiérrez, Juliette Garside, Gaby de Groot, Michael Hudson, Carlos Eduardo Huertas, Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer, David Pegg, Martijn Roessingh and Vanessa Wormer

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TOPIC- ARREST OF POLITICAL LEADERS IN KARACHI

GUESTS- RAZA HAROON, ASIF HUSNAIN, DR MUSADIQ MALIK, MOLA BAKHSH CHANDEO, SHAIQ USMANI, GENRAL GHULAM MUSTAFA

RAZA HAROON OF PSP said that Anees Qaim Khawani was not fugitive he went to the court for the extension of his bail but the judge decided to arrest him. He said that PSP lawyer will see that what we need to do in the future. He said that he believes from day one that Qaim Khawani is innocent that is why he went to the court.

ASIF HUSNAIN OF MQM said that Waseem Akhter and Rauf Siddiqi are arrested in a crime that has not proof. He said that Waseem Akhter and Rauf Siddiqi never sent any terrorist for treatment. He said that there are no details of the case infront of the court but still they decided to arrest Waseem Akhter and Rauf Siddiqi. He said that MQM workers are being targeted and put in jail for ninety days. He said that Dr Asim himself has stated that his statement has been taken under pressure.

DR MOSADIQ MALIK OF PML-N said that very good results have been gained of POPA and this law was formed for special circumstances. He said that CM of Sindh will invite to rangers for the extension of their stay in Karachi. He said that we need to use rangers to get rid of the terrorists.

MOLA BAKSH CHANDEO OF PPPP said that the court has decided to arrest MQM and PSP leaders he can not comment on it. He said that the rangers have done a wonderful job but Sindh police should also be given credit they have offered lot of sacrifices. He said that the government decisions take some time but one thing is decided that rangers will help Sindh police. He said that Sindh police has been changed now it has well educated honest young men as officers now.

JUSTICE (R) SHAIQ USMANI said that the doctors take oath that they will treat everybody regardless of their status. He said that just treating someone is not enough to cancel the bail of the politicians. He said that why it was not reported when terrorists were treated. He said that the accusation was not such that the bails are canceled if the case proceeds the accused will be released.

He said that rangers tackled well against the mafia that has been formed by political parties in Karachi and nobody was daring to go after them. He said that street crime is the real problem of Karachi ad only police can handle it. He said that Sindh government misuse of Karachi police. He said that we need to take a martial law type action in Karachi.

GENERAL (R) GHULAM MUSTAFA said that if political leadership will not make well thought decisions on rangers the things arte not going to change. He said that we know the volume of the problems in Karachi and Punjab and rangers should be given a spell of time accordingly. He said that if the rangers are supposed t be retrieved after one year we need to train our police during that time so they could take the responsibility.

19 July, 2016 22:57


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انیس قائمخوانی روپوش نہیں تھے وہ اپنی ضمانت کی توسیع کے لئیے گئے لیکن جج صاحب نے انہیں گرفتارکرنے کا فیصلہ کیا۔ رضا ہارون کی ندیم ملک لائیو میں گفتگو

آگے کیا کیا جائے پاک سر زمین پارٹی کا وکیل اس پر غور کرے گا۔ رضا ہارون

میں پہلے دن سے سمجھتا ہوں کہ انیس قائمخوانی بیقصور ہیں اور اسی لئیے عدالت میں پیش ہوئے کیونکہ وہ بیقصور ہیں۔ رضا ہارون

وسیم اختر اور رؤف صدیقی کو ایسے الزام میں پکڑا گیا ہے کہ جس کا کوئی ثبوت بھی نہیں ہے کہ انہوں نے کسی دعہشت گرد کا علاج کروایا یا نہیں۔ آصف حسنین

ابھی عدالت کے سامنے کسی قسم کی کوئی تفصیلات نہیں ہیں پھر بھی گرفتاری کا حکم دیا گیا ہے۔ آصف حسنین

ایم کیوا یم کے لوگوں کو نشانہ بنایا جا رہا ہے انہیں نوے نوے دنوں کے لئیے بند کیا جا رہا ہے۔ آصف حسنین

پوپا کے بہت اچھے فوائد حاصل ہوئے اس قانون کو خاص حالات کے لئیے بنایا گیا تھا۔ ڈاکٹر مصدق ملک

سندھ کے وزیراعلی رینجرز کو ا ن کی مدت میں توسیع پر بات کرنے کے لئیے دعوت دیں گے۔ ڈاکٹر مصدق ملک

ایم کیو ایم اور پاک سر زمین پارٹی کے رہنماؤں کی گرفتاری کا فیصلہ عدالت نے کیا ہے میں کچھ نہیں کہہ سکتا۔ مولا بخش چانڈیو

ڈاکٹر عاصم خود کہہ چکے ہیں کہ ان سے زبردستی بیان لیا گیا۔آصف حسنین

الزام یہ ہے کہ دہشت گردوں کا علاج کیا گیا تو ڈاکٹر نے حلف اٹھایا ہوتا ہے کہ وہ ہر کسی کا علاج کرے گا چاہے وہ کوئی بھی ہو۔جسٹس شائق عثمانی

اگر دہشت گردوں کا علاج ہوا تھا تو اس کو رپورٹ کیوں نہیں کیا گیا۔ شائق عثمانی

الزام ایسا نہیں تھا کہ ضمانت ہی منسوخ کر دی جاتی کیس چلا تو یہ لوگ رہا ہو جایں گے۔شائق عثمانی

رینجرز نے بہت اچھا کام کیا ہے لیکن سندھ پولیس کو بھی کریڈٹ دیں انہوں نے بے پناہ قربانیاں دی ہیں۔ مولا بخش چانڈیو

حکومتی فیصلوں میں اونچ نیچ ہوتی رہتی ہے لیکن یہ طے ہے کہ رنجرز سندھ پولیس کی مد کرتی رہے گی۔ مولا بخش چانڈیو

رینجرز کے مسئلے پر سیاسی قیادت سوچ سمجھ کر فیصلے نہیں کرے گی تو معاملات ٹھیک نہیں ہوں گے۔ جنرل غلام مصطفی

ہمیں پتہ ہے کہ کراچی اور پنجاب کے مسائل کتنے بڑے ہیں اس کے مطابق رینجرز کو ایک یا دو سال دئیے جانے چاہئییں۔ جنرل غلام مصطفی

اگر ہم فیصلہ کر لیں کہ رینجرز کو ہم نے ایک سال بعد واپس کر دینا ہے تو اس دوران پولیس کو اس طرح استوار کریں کہ وہ زمہ داری سمبھال سکے۔ جنرل غلام مصطفی

ملک کے اندر دہشت گردوں کو ختم کرنے کے لئیے ہمیں رینجرز کا استعمال کرنا پڑے گا۔ ڈاکٹر مصدق ملک

کراچی میں سیاسی پارٹیوں نے جو مافیا بنایا ہوا تھا اور کوئی ان کو ہاتھ نہیں ڈالتا تھا رینجرز نے ان کے خلاف بہت اچھا کام کیا ہے۔ شائق عثمانی

کراچی کا اصل مسئلہ سٹریٹ کرائم ہے جسے صرف پولیس کنٹرول کر سکتی ہے یہ رینجرز کے بس کا کام نہیں ہے۔ شائق عثمانی

کراچی پولیس کو سندھ حکومت بہت مس یوز کرتی ہے۔ شائق عثمانی

سندھ پولیس اب پرانے زمانے والی نہیں ہے اس میں بہت سے پڑھے لکھے اور ایماندار نوجوان آ چکے ہیں۔ شائق عثمانی

کراچی میں کچھ مارشل لا ٹائپ لانا پڑے گا۔ شائق عثمانی

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18-JULY-2016

TOPIC- MURDER OF QANDEEL BALOCH, IMRAN KHAN STATEMENT ABOUT MILITARY

GUESTS- AZHAR AKRAM, MUFTI QAVI, HAMID KHAN, SALMAN AKRAM RAJA, UZMA BUKHARI, QAMAR ZAMAN KAIRA

AZHAR AKRAM CPO MULTAN said that Qandeel Baloch brother told his parents to stop her what she was doing but on their failure he took the extreme step. He said that Qandeel brother is solely responsible for her murder but other aspects are also under investigation. He said that Qandeel mother has accused Mufti Qavi for instigation police will investigate her on this point. He said that he will talk to the mother of Qandeel and then will go through the issue of Mufti Qavi. He said that Qandeel Baloch used to financially support to her parents and brothers. He said that the police are trying not to leave any loophole in the case so that it should be easy for the court to make its decision.

MUFTI QAVI RELIGIOUS SCHOLAR said that the brother of Qandeel himself has confessed on the media that he murdered his sister. He said that he does not know the family of Qandeel Baloch her parents, brothers and their whereabouts. He said that he is citizen of Pakistan has not done anything wrong he will go anywhere he will be called regarding the investigations of Qandeel Baloch.

HAMID KHAN OF PTI said that the accused in the case of Qandeel Baloch has confessed his crime but any other name relevant to the case should also be investigated. He said that nobody can be involved just on suspicion until solid proof is available. He said that there is a law about instigation but there should be direct link established to punish someone.

He said that PTI is against the military take over Imran Khan’s statement is taken without its context. He said that PTI has submitted in written in the SC that it will oppose any extra constitutional act. He said that PTI will never support any illegal approach to put the government down. He said that Nawaz Sharif was germinated in then politics by General Zia Ul Haq and Jillani. He said that coming on the streets is not the first choice of PTI but constitute TOR s and form a commission.

SALMAN AKRAM RAJA LAW EXPERT said that even if the state becomes the plaintiff in the case of Qandeel Baloch will there will be room of pardon for the accused.

He said that no matter what kind of attitude of the government is there is no room for any extra constitutional act. He said that there is no reason for the institutions that they can take action against the accused of Panama Leaks but they are not doing so. He said that a vast majority of the people always tries to overthrow the democracy and impose a government of technocrats.

UZMA BUKHARI OF PML-N said that the state has decided to impose anti terrorism laws in the case of Qandeel Baloch. She said that Qandeel murder should be made a test case so that the lives of so many other women could be saved.

She said that the opposition wants to constitute TORs for one person whom name is not in the Panama Leaks.

QAMAR ZAMAN KAIRA OF PPPP said that PPPP always remained against the military rule it is the current government that is the beneficiary of military rule. He said that PPPP supported the demands of Imran Khan and Tahir Ul Qadri but opposed them when they attacked on the parliament. He said that Imran Khan’s statement is not presented in its real context opposition is against any military expedition.