Pakistan’s Supreme Court has disqualified Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister. He was found guilty in a case of corruption related to Panama Papers leak. Sharif resigned from the post after the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict.
The unanimous decision was taken 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.
Disqualifying the prime minister from holding office, the judges said Sharif had been dishonest to Parliament and the courts and was not fit to hold the position.
The Supreme Court set up a six-member joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate the charges against Sharif and his family, after Sharif was named in the Panama Papers leak in 2016. The allegation of money laundering against 67-year-old Sharif is of during his tenure as Prime Minister in the 1990s, when he purchased assets in London. The assets were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharif’s children. The report was part of the Panama Papers expose by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Sharif’s assets include four expensive flats in London.