The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been declared disqualified over the Panama Papers case by Supreme Court this morning.
The judge Ejaz Afzal Khan said in the verdict, “He (Nawaz Sharif) is no longer eligible to be a member of the parliament, and he comes to an end to be holding the office of prime minister”. A five-member bench of Supreme Court pronounced the verdict in a consistent decision.
The Panama Paper leaked back in April 2016. According to the leaked documents, Nawaz and his family members have been accused of smuggling money abroad. Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigated the complaint. The investigation report said that Nawaz and his family members failed to provide the source of huge wealth in their names. The Supreme Court gave this verdict after taking the report and verifying its authenticity.
According to a report by The Guardian, “The court also referred all material gathered in the investigation to the court of the national accountability bureau, and commended opening cases against the PM and his three children; Maryam Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.”
The governing party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) now have to select an interim PM for 45 days to arrange the general election. As per the reports, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif is likely to be chosen for the position.
The national security has been heightened, and hundreds of paramilitary troops have been deployed. Some people are shouting in the streets and celebrating the verdict.
Nawaz Sharif’s Wikipedia profile has already been rewritten on Thursday evening and added all the information about the case and accusation of this verdict.
Do you know “No civilian prime minister of Pakistan has ever completed a five-year term”?
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