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Pakistan PM Resigns Following Corruption Scandal

The Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif has tendered his resignation following a corruption investigation on the extraordinary wealth of him and his family.

The decision was made by the country’s supreme court, where it also ordered a criminal investigation to be carried out on them.

However, Nawaz had been denying any acts of wrongdoing, which he claimed that the investigation was inaccurate and bias.

Supreme Court Judge, Ejaz Afzal Khan said that the politician is “no more eligible to be an honest member of the parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of Prime Minister.”

According to Sky News reports, the 67-year old stepped down shortly after the verdict.

The case began in 2016, when a law firm in Panama leaked documents known as the Panama Papers, and it showed that Nawaz’s son owned several offshore companies.

It was filed by Imran Khan, a cricketer turned politician and two more political leaders last year, after Nawaz made false claims in his speech during the National Assembly and his address to the nation.

Following the ruling, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was also dismissed from office.

Previously, Nawaz has not been able to complete his term in office twice, where he was dismissed amid graft allegations in 1993 and toppled by a military coup in 1999.

Currently, there is still no news yet on who will replace his position or whether the country is going to call for an early election.

Pakistan is due to have elections in the summer of 2018.

Source: Sky News
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