Pakistan opposition urges PM to remove ministers named in Pandora Papers

Pakistan’s opposition on Monday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan to order cabinet ministers and aides named in leaked financial documents known as the Pandora Papers to resign from office and face investigation.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a Washington, D.C.-based network of reporters and media organizations, said the documents link about 35 current and former national leaders and more than 330 politicians and officials in 91 countries and territories to secret stores of wealth.

Among those named in the papers are more than 700 Pakistanis, including several members of Khan’s cabinet, Pakistani partners of the ICIJ said.

Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, who was among the Pakistanis identified, everyone would be investigated, including himself. He denied wrongdoing.

Khan said his government would investigate all of those mentioned in the latest documents.

“If any wrongdoing is established we will take appropriate action,” he said on a Twitter.

Facebook Down

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have started to come back online after being down for more than six hours in a major outage.

The three apps – which are all owned by Facebook, and run on shared infrastructure – stopped working shortly before 5pm. Other related products, such as Facebook Messenger and Workplace, have also stopped working.

Facebook and Instagram began working for users again at around 11pm, while WhatsApp remained still down.

Outage may have cost global economy over $1 billion

An hour of outage of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger would cost the global economy about $160 billion, according to an estimate by London-based internet monitoring firm NetBlocks.

The firm’s Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST), estimates that the overall six-hour outage of the platforms may have resulted in losses to the global economy exceeding $1bn US dollars.