Pak PM Nawaz Sharif Disqualified By Supreme Court, Must Step Down
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must resign immediately because of corruption, the country’s Supreme Court ruled today that five judges unanimously disqualified as a Member of Parliament.
“He is no longer eligible to be a member of parliament and ceases to be honest to occupy the post of prime minister,” the judge said the court Afzal Khan Exaz. Its ruling party PML-N will name a replacement.
The Supreme Court rejected Sharif after a research group claimed that his family could not account for its enormous wealth. The national media have reported that a criminal investigation will also be launched against the prime minister and his family.
Nawaz sharif daughter Maryam
Maryam, Sharif’s daughter and apparent political heir, and her son were involved in newspapers
The Supreme Court had said in April that there were “sufficient evidence” to oust Sharif on allegations of graft including his family and ordered a research team to examine the matter.
The team of civilian and military investigators found that there was a “disparity” between the income and lifestyle of the Sharif family in their report to the court earlier this month.
Sharif was expelled on graft charges once before, during the first of his three periods as prime minister in 1993.
He has not yet finished his term as PM, having been knocked down in his second term by a military coup in 1999.
The controversy surfaced last year with the release of 11.5 million secret documents from the Mossack Fonseca Panameau law firm documenting the many rich and powerful exteriors of the world.
Three of Sharif’s four sons – Maryam, his apparent political heir, and his son Hasan and Hussein – have participated in newspapers.
At the heart of the case, it is not the legitimacy of the funds used by the Sharif family to buy more high-end properties in London through offshore companies.
The PML-N insists that wealth was legally acquired through Sharif’s family businesses in Pakistan and the Gulf.
The push against Sharif was led by politician Imran Khan and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, who said Sharif has lost “moral authority.”