Another series of leaks exposing big names involved in tax evasion landed as a bomb on the world’s elites last Sunday. As the name suggests, the Paradise papers revealed offshore tax safe havens that helped noted global figures of politics, entertainment and business world in avoiding imposition of heavy taxes.
Inclusion of names like Queen Elizabeth II, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Pakistan’s Ex-Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Qatari Prince Hamad Bin Jasim in the list provoked interesting reactions back home; reason why we see #ParadisePapers trending on Twitter in Pakistan.
So, without further ado let’s have a look at how Pakistanis reacted to the most appalling revelation of the year so far.
Queen’s name on the list was probably the biggest shocker and rightly triggered a hilarious response. We Pakistanis could not resist but draw an analogy!
Queen Elizabeth named in #paradiseleaks – let’s see if Supreme Court of England & Wales sets up a JIT and removes her from Buckingham Palace
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaGeoNews) November 5, 2017
Upcoming breaking news.
Queen Elizabeth dethroned for not declaring unreceived pocket money from Prince Charles #ParadiseLeaks
— Saadify (@saadify) November 5, 2017
Some even contemplated the possibility of Queen using the same excuse to leave the country as Nawaz Sharif and the family did.
— Ranting Pakistani (@RantsPakistani) November 6, 2017
There was no way that meme makers would miss out on this opportunity to make their Qatari joke viral again.
— Nabeel Chaudhry (@chaudhry_nabeel) November 6, 2017
Talking about Qataris, Prince Hamad Bin Jasim of Qatar was also dragged in the scene with people highlighting the irony of the moment.
— Nomy Sahir (@Nomysahir) November 5, 2017
Time changes so quick that once Nawaz needed Qatri's letter and now Qatri would need Nawaz's letter to save himself 😂#ParadiseLeaks
— Khawaja Abaid Ullah (@KhawajaAbaid) November 5, 2017
— Shahzaib Siraj (@ShahzaibSBRJ) November 5, 2017
A perfect metaphor for what actually happened!
— Mmmm… (@Waqas_amjad) November 5, 2017
There is nothing new in PTI taking it to social media to boast about their leader.
— Mmmm… (@Waqas_amjad) November 6, 2017
On the other hand, Asif Ali Zardari’s ability to dodge the bullet every single time left many impressed!
Moral of the story is that only zardari knows the safest of places to invest. 😉 on a lighter note #ParadiseLeaks
— Abdu Rehman (@AbduQureshi) November 5, 2017
— Sijjeel (@sijjeel87) November 5, 2017
And some geniuses tried to encapsulate the whole world-jolting development in less than 140 characters.
Get your popcorn bucket. #ParadiseLeaks
— Riyaz Najam (@RiyazNajam) November 5, 2017
😁 5 Nov Bad Day For Billionaires#Paradiseleaks
— Mohsin Roonjho🇵🇰 (@MohsinRoonjho1) November 5, 2017
— 🏏👻 (@SyedAwaiis) November 5, 2017
The award for the most hilarious and appropriate portrayal goes to this guy though!
— Danial (@defilibrator) November 5, 2017