Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif disqualified from office for panama paper verdict

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Nawaz Sharif disqualified from his post as Prime Minister of Pakistan after Supreme Court’s verdict on Panama Papers on Friday, according to Pakistan Media.

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It is the third time the 67-year-old veteran politician’s term as premier has been cut short.

Earlier today, The Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding public office in a landmark decision on the Panama Papers case. The verdict was handed down unanimously by a five-member bench in the court.

The Supreme Court also ordered the National Accountability Court to start a corruption case against Sharif, his children — Hussain and Hassan — and his daughter Maryam.

“Following the verdict, Nawaz Sharif has resigned from his responsibilities as prime minister,” a spokesman for Sharif’s office said in a statement.

He served as prime minister from November 1990 to July 1993 and from February 1997 until he was toppled in a bloodless coup in October 1999. No civilian prime minister of Pakistan has ever completed a five-year term.

It is the second time in Pakistan’s 70-year history that the Supreme Court has disqualified a sitting prime minister. In 2012, then-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was disqualified over contempt of court charges for refusing to reopen a graft case against then president Asif Ali Zardari.

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