Sharif resigns following court verdict

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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has resigned following the decision by the country's Supreme Court to disqualify him from office, the BBC reported a short while ago.

The ruling came after a probe into his family's wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump linking Mr. Sharif's children to offshore companies.

Mr. Sharif has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the case. The verdict was handed down unanimously by a five-member bench in the court.

"Following the verdict, Nawaz Sharif has resigned from his responsibilities as prime minister," a spokesman for Mr. Sharif's office said in a statement.

The court was filled to capacity on Friday, and there was heightened security in the capital, with tens of thousands of troops and police deployed, the BBC said.

One of the judges at the Supreme Court, Ejaz Afzal Khan, said that Mr Sharif was no longer "eligible to be an honest member of the parliament", Reuters news agency reports.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan earlier advised Mr. Sharif to accept Friday's verdict.

The court has recommended anti-corruption cases against several individuals, including Mr. Sharif, his daughter Maryam and her husband Safdar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others.

Mr. Sharif, who was serving as prime minister for a record third time, was less than a year away from becoming the first in Pakistani history to complete a full term in office.

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  • Real judicary Friday, 28 July 2017 03:07 PM

    this is the real judiciary. but Sril lanka judiciary is working and acting according to the phone calls from temple trees or president office. In MR's regime and yahapalanaya also doding the same thing

    shan Friday, 28 July 2017 05:51 PM

    If SL Judiciary applies this method, the Parliament will be empty

    Maniya Saturday, 29 July 2017 02:31 PM

    When you look at the wealth he generated, resigning is a blessing for him without going to jail.

    srinath.gunaratne Friday, 28 July 2017 03:23 PM

    The day we see this in SL!Apparently Pakistan have a better democracy than us!

    malik Friday, 28 July 2017 03:57 PM

    Very True, A unbelievable fact.

    Dee Friday, 28 July 2017 03:29 PM

    Will he contest the next elections to become an ordinary MP? Seems to have all the qualifications!

    channa Friday, 28 July 2017 04:34 PM

    will doctors in Pakistan strike??

    Priyantha Friday, 28 July 2017 03:32 PM

    Hasty decision, should have consulted MR before resigned.

    Hubert Friday, 28 July 2017 03:46 PM

    sl missed the bus as Yahapalanaya lost its momentum

    Wise Donkey Friday, 28 July 2017 03:49 PM

    Can we see such thing happening in the miracle of Asia! Sorry, that is why it is called the miracle of Asia, may be. God bless Sri Lanka!

    ananda Friday, 28 July 2017 04:58 PM

    Sheriff should have consulted and obtained expert advise from MR how to escape from prosecution of mega fraud and corruption. via DM Android App

    Ruwan Friday, 28 July 2017 05:16 PM

    was less than a year away from becoming the first in Pakistani history to complete a full term in office. This shows the fate of Pakistan parliament system. via DM Android App

    Laminate Friday, 28 July 2017 05:44 PM

    Wondering how many of the nuts in our Cabinet would have been disqualified, if the the same procedure has been followed here?No! we should not, If we follow, we will not have a parliament.

    Upul Friday, 28 July 2017 06:02 PM

    When will this happen in SL?

    Sent home Friday, 28 July 2017 06:11 PM

    A Pakistan-Ravi would have gone home by now. And not to Maldives !

    HATS OFF TO PAKISTAN Friday, 28 July 2017 06:23 PM

    INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY AT ITS BEST - which we Sri Lankans can even ever dream of.

    TONY Friday, 28 July 2017 09:02 PM

    WHAT HAPPENED TO SRI LANKANS WHO APPEARED IN THE PANAMA PAPERS

    ceylon Saturday, 29 July 2017 01:11 PM

    samelike srilanka.just resign.just defeat.money not recover. via DM Android App

    roshan Saturday, 29 July 2017 01:43 PM

    Dear Sherif, pls get the advise from lost Mahinda how to make a JO and disturb the country.

    ceylon Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:46 PM

    sacked due to proven for corruption.but not arrested.not jailed for these multy billion thefts.pakistan is another srilanka.heavily corrupt country. via DM Android App


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