Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies PM Nawaz Sharif
Islamabad: Delivering its much awaited verdict in the Panama papers case, the Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after a probe team found his wealth far above his earnings.
In an unanimous decision, the judges ruled that the Prime Minister had been dishonest to the Parliament and the courts and could not be deemed fit to hold office.
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who headed the implementation bench, said all material collected by the Joint Investigation Team would be sent to an accountability court within six weeks. He said cases should be opened against Maryam Nawaz (Sharif's daughter), Captain Muhammad Safdar (Maryam's husband), Hassan and Hussain Nawaz (PM Sharif's sons) as well as Prime Minister Sharif and a judgement should be announced within 30 days.
The five-judge bench announced the much-awaited verdict in Courtroom No. 1 of the Supreme Court in Islamabad.
It may be mentioned that ahead of the judgment, Sharif had held informal consultations with close aides and key ministers in Lahore.
Sources said another meeting would be held after the Supreme Court decision to devise a plan of action in the wake of the verdict.
Nawaz Sharif returned from his trip to the Maldives on Thursday last and was received by his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.