Islamabad: A Pakistan government spokesman says the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has admitted that it had erroneously included the name of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohammad Nawaz Sharif while publishing details of persons who control offshore companies based on documents leaked from law firm Mossack Foncesca.

According to an official statement issue by the Pakistan government spokesperson on Wednesday, the issue of Panama Papers became a subject of debate in Pakistan as the name of Prime Minister was wrongly included by the ICIJ and subsequently reported by the media.

The ICIJ on its website has now acknowledged the error and removed all data from its Website carrying the name of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif as the original Panama Papers never contained his name.

The admission of mistake by ICIJ is a clear vindication of the stand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he had nothing to do with any offshore companies, the official said. “The clarification issued by ICIJ should now put to rest all accusations made on the person of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as they are patently wrong and baseless,” the statement says.