Panama Papers verdict: Nawaz Sharif disqualified as Pakistan PM

Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered prime minister Nawaz Sharif to step down and ruled that graft cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal.

FP Staff July 28, 2017 22:41:57 IST
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday ordered prime minister Nawaz Sharif to step down and ruled that graft cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal. Sharif was disqualified from holding his office as the judges ruled that he had been dishonest to Parliament and the courts and could not be deemed fit for his office. AP
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Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday ordered prime minister Nawaz Sharif to step down and ruled that graft cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal. Sharif was disqualified from holding his office as the judges ruled that he had been dishonest to Parliament and the courts and could not be deemed fit for his office. AP
As the unanimous verdict by the five-judge bench was read out by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan inside the packed courtroom 1 of the Supreme Court, a large number of opposition party workers celebrated in Rawalpindi. AP
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As the unanimous verdict by the five-judge bench was read out by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan inside the packed courtroom 1 of the Supreme Court, a large number of opposition party workers celebrated in Rawalpindi. AP
Senior opposition politician Jehangir Tareen celebrates the dismissal of Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad. The court also ordered the National Accountability Court to start a corruption case against Sharif, his children — Hussain and Hassan — and his daughter Maryam. AP
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Senior opposition politician Jehangir Tareen celebrates the dismissal of Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad. The court also ordered the National Accountability Court to start a corruption case against Sharif, his children — Hussain and Hassan — and his daughter Maryam. AP
Supporters of Nawaz Sharif's Pakistani ruling party Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) shout slogans in favour of their leader at the Supreme Court in Islamabad. Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam asserted that her father's disqualification by the Supreme Court would not deter him from staging a comeback. AP
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Supporters of Nawaz Sharif's Pakistani ruling party Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) shout slogans in favour of their leader at the Supreme Court in Islamabad. Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam asserted that her father's disqualification by the Supreme Court would not deter him from staging a comeback. AP
Supporters of opposition parties share sweets to celebrate the Nawaz Sharif's dismissal in Peshawar, Pakistan. Opposition party members began chanting 'Go, Nawaz, Go' after the Supreme Court verdict was announced. AP
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Supporters of opposition parties share sweets to celebrate the Nawaz Sharif's dismissal in Peshawar, Pakistan. Opposition party members began chanting 'Go, Nawaz, Go' after the Supreme Court verdict was announced. AP
Supporters of the opposition parties celebrate the dismissal Nawaz Sharif's dismissal in Karachi. It is the third time the 67-year-old veteran politician's term as premier has been cut short. It was later announced that Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz's brother would replace him as the next prime minister of Pakistan. AP
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Supporters of the opposition parties celebrate the dismissal Nawaz Sharif's dismissal in Karachi. It is the third time the 67-year-old veteran politician's term as premier has been cut short. It was later announced that Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz's brother would replace him as the next prime minister of Pakistan. AP
Supporters of PML-N gesture during a rally to condemn the dismissal of their leader in Lahore, Pakistan, AP
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Supporters of PML-N gesture during a rally to condemn the dismissal of their leader in Lahore, Pakistan, AP
Speaking at a press conference, Opposition leader and a petitioner in the high-profile Panama case, Imran Khan said,"It is just a beginning," as he hailed the Supreme Court's decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif as prime minister. AP
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Speaking at a press conference, Opposition leader and a petitioner in the high-profile Panama case, Imran Khan said,"It is just a beginning," as he hailed the Supreme Court's decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif as prime minister. AP