Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister of Pakistan removed from office by Supreme Court

Prime Minister of Pakistan removed from office by Supreme Court

Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified from office

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Prime Minister of Pakistan has been disbarred from office by the Supreme Court.

The court ordered a criminal investigation after an investigative panel found Nawaz Sharif and his family couldn't account for their wealth, according to The Independent.

Sharif was involved in the Panama Papers leak as it claimed his children were involved in buying properties in London properties with offshore companies.

Judge Ejaz Afzal Khan has said: "He is no more eligible to be an honest member of the Parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of Prime Minister."

But Sharif has claimed the investigation was inaccurate and biased, denying accusations against him. Allies of the Prime Minister also claimed the investigation was just a conspiracy to remove him from Parliament.

Khawaja Saad Rafi​q, the railways minister, tweeted before the judgement saying: "This is not accountability, it is revenge. In an effort to dislodge us, the democratic system has been made a target."

This was the 67-year-old's third time as Prime Minister, but his other two stints were also cut short.

In 1999 he faced a military coup, however he was able to come out of exile and win a general election in 2013.

Reports also claim that Pakistan's finance minister, Ishaq Dar, has received punishment from the Supreme Court, after the release of documents to the court about how the Sharif's family became wealthy.

He previously worked as Sharif's accountant and was considered one of the most influential members of his cabinet.