29 July 2017

News Story: Nawaz Sharif Steps Down As Pakistan Prime Minister

Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif
(Image: Wiki Commons)
Nawaz Sharif has resigned as Pakistan’s prime minister despite having reservations about the court order that disqualified him from serving, Pakistani media reported on Friday.

In a brief statement, Sharif’s office said Sharif relinquished his charge as prime minister after learning that the Supreme Court disqualified him because of corruption allegations, AP said in a report. 

The statement claims that justice has not been done with Sharif, but the prime minister stepped down to show his respect for the judiciary and rule of law.

The Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the post because of allegations against him and his family in the Panama Papers case. He was disqualified from holding office for life, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf said. Sharif resigned from the post after the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has also been disqualified. Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, who was touted to be his successor, will not be allowed to contest elections.

It was a unanimous decision by the five-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising justices Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Asif Saeed Khosa, Ijazul Ahsan and Gulzar Ahmed.

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