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Fake News Alert: Junaid Safdar’s name is not mentioned in ‘Pandora Papers’

Junaid Safdar took strong exception to the reports. Source: Twitter.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz has threatened to take legal action after media reports claimed that her son Junaid Safdar was named in the ‘Pandora Papers’.

Maryam Nawaz issued a statement saying that if the TV channel that aired the news does not apologise immediately, she will file a defamation lawsuit. While responding to a suggestion to seek legal action in the UK, she said that if the UK desk aired it they will sue them there too.

She also threatened to take legal action for “running a totally malicious & fabricated news dragging my son” and demanded an immediate apology.

A section of the media had reported that Junaid Safdar owned five offshore companies. After being exposed, the channel had subsequently removed the misleading news and issued a clarification. 

Junaid Safdar took strong exception to the reports claiming that his name was mentioned in the ‘Pandora Papers’ for owning five offshore companies. He vowed to take legal action against the media outlets that aired the news. He said he did not own any offshore company, and was a student and only owned one bank account.

PML-N Secretary Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the PTI government spread fake news of Junaid Safdar owning five offshore companies to distract attention from members of Imran Khan’s government named in the Pandora Papers.

She condemned broadcasting the news and urged media outlets to refrain from running fake news. She also demanded that those who aired this fake news must issue an apology. She also demanded that PEMRA should take immediate and strong action against the responsible persons.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has issued tweeted that Junaid Safdar owned five offshore companies. In a tweet, he said the latest information being poured in reveals that after the son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif, his grandson also owns five offshore companies.