The Pakistani Twitter-sphere today saw the prime minister's daughter being schooled by two Pulitzer prize-winning journalists on the true nature and global impact of the Panama Papers scandal.

In a bid to 'cleanse' her family's name of the Panama Papers controversy, Maryam Nawaz had taken to Twitter Tuesday evening to share her thoughts.

She claimed the Panama Papers, which rocked some of the most powerful public office holders in several countries, had been "trashed in the rest of the world".

She doubled down on that statement by tweeting that the scandal was "never about corruption".

Unexpectedly, Bastian Obermayer‏ — a Pulitzer-winning journalist from German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung who was the first to receive the Panama Papers and who eventually took the lead in breaking the story internationally — stepped in at that point to set the record straight.

"Sorry to tell you," he said, "[but the] Panama papers ARE about corruption."

Maryam retorted saying that the "misery of the journalists" who broke the Panama story "is understandable".

She also expressed regret over what she alleged was a "nexus" between the Panama Papers journalists and their "Pakistani counterparts" and said it was "sad that they became a part of conspiracy against Pakistan".

Obermayer responded by giving her some perspective on what journalism is about and what the scope of the Panama Papers actually was:

Minutes later, Frederik Obermaier‏, another Pulitzer-winning journalist who worked on the Panama Papers and who co-authored the authoritative book on the international scandal with Bastian Obermayer, joined the conversation.

He reminded Maryam that the scandal had not been as inconsequential as she believed.

The conversation eventually subsided after Maryam Nawaz stopped tweeting.



Updated 14 May, 2022

Severe water crisis

The current situation is just another reminder that Pakistan may become the most water-stressed nation in the region by 2040.
Updated 14 May, 2022

Yasin Malik’s trial

Muslim bloc needs to do more to press home the point to India that its brutal policies in occupied Kashmir are unacceptable.
14 May, 2022

Fake markers

RECENT reports reveal that the two children in KP who had contracted polio this year, had fake marks on their hands....
Updated 13 May, 2022

Cold feet

Tough decisions need to be taken immediately to protect millions, who will ultimately foot the bill for further indecision.
13 May, 2022

India trade ties

THE appointment of a trade officer in Pakistan’s high commission in New Delhi has sparked discussions about a...
Death of a journalist
13 May, 2022

Death of a journalist

SHIREEN ABU AKLEH became a journalist for the very reason that a free media is so important: to be a voice for the...