Pakistani prime minister resigns in Panama Papers case

Replaces previous story 'Panama Papers: Pakistan’s top court ‘disqualifies’ PM' 

Pakistani prime minister resigns in Panama Papers case

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned Friday following a Supreme Court judgement against him over his involvement in the Panama Papers scandal.

Sharif’s spokesman announced his resignation shortly after the court disqualified him from office for life.

Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf told reporters that Sharif could not appeal the court’s decision but he can file a petition for a review.

Sharif was convicted of financial irregularities, misuse of authority and concealment of assets relating to offshore companies and multi-million dollar properties tied to family members.

The judgement, which came after a 273-day hearing that gripped the nation, also bars Sharif from holding the leadership of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League.

The National Assembly is likely to meet in the coming days to select a new premier.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office said the government had “serious reservations” about the judgment and the conduct of the court.

He said Sharif had stood down “as per his promise” to do so if ruled against by the court.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2017, 12:35