Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif was put up for sale on eBay with bids soaring to more than $90,000 Thursday after an anonymous user gave vent to frustrations with the prime minister over the Panama Papers leak.
“Useless Pakistani Pm Nawaz Sharif for Sale” stated the post by long-time user mastavis on the popular e-commerce website, describing the leader as “new with defects”.
“No longer needed. Needs a bit of TLC,” the post continued.
“Not in working condition. It never worked. It was faulty and corrupt by birth. The whole range of the product and its family is Genetically defected and corrupt… Take it away and rid us of this disease.”
The post, which went viral in Pakistan, promised to throw in Sharif’s brother Shahbaz, the current governor of Punjab province, for free.
Sharif has been under pressure since the so-called Panama Papers leak linked his family to a series of offshore companies.
Earlier this month he announced the formation of a commission to investigate the allegations in the documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca that have exposed how some of the world’s most powerful secrete their assets offshore.
Three of Sharif’s four children are named in the Panama Papers — daughter Maryam, who has been tipped to be his political successor, and sons Hasan and Hussain.
The records showed they owned London real estate through offshore companies administered by Mossack Fonseca.
The premier, who is currently in London, has insisted his family has done “nothing wrong”.
Revenue generation is particularly sensitive for Pakistan’s government, which is receiving a $6.6 billion bailout package from the IMF and has a tax-to-GDP ratio of 11 percent, among the lowest in the world.
The eBay post suggested Sharif, who is in London, was visiting the British capital for advice from former president Asif Ali Zardari, nicknamed “Mr 10 Percent” due to unproven allegations of corruption against him.
“Currently in London consulting an ex corrupt president of Pakistan on how to save his corrupt assets and save his ass,” it stated.
The post also echoed criticisms about the amount of time the prime minister spends abroad.
By Thursday afternoon the auction had received 100 bids of up to 66,200 pounds ($94,000).
It was removed from the site shortly after.
After British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, it was the turn of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to be put on sale on eBay. Sharif is currently facing scrutiny over his family’s alleged secret offshore holdings according to the Panama Papers.
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The listing describes the Prime Minister as ‘Useless Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif’, and his condition as “new with defects.” It was made by mysterious long-time user ‘mastavis’, who added that the ‘product’ was “not in working condition”, “had never worked,” and was “genetically defected and corrupt.”
The viral listing received over 100 bids up to for £66,200 ($92,000) , before being removed from the UK version of the website. It was originally scheduled to expire after five days, on Apr. 20.
The accompanying description was similar to the one used for the sale of Cameron yesterday. “No longer needed. Needs a bit of TLC. No box or instructions. Buyer must collect. Seller not prepared to touch item.” While postage was free, there was one condition, that “it may not post to India.”
The accompanying note also added that Sharif was “usually found in England, America and Turkey, more than in Pakistan,” with “all business, properties and family in London but still wants to be a prime minister in Pakistan.”
Sharif has been under political scrutiny ever since three of his children figured in the Panama Papers revelations. While he has denied money laundering allegations, opposition leaders have asked for an independent probe. Sharif is currently in the UK for medical treatment.
The listing appeared on the same day as Cameron’s, and nearly one-and-half months after al-Sisi’s. While Sharif’s price of £66,200 was marginally higher than Cameron’s £65,900, it was still lower than the $100,000 fetched by the Egyptian president.