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Pakistan SC disqualifies PM Sharif in Panama Papers case (Lead)

Islamabad, July 28 (IANS) The Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after a probe team found his wealth far above his earnings in the Panama Papers case.

In an unanimous decision, the judges ruled that the Prime Minister had been dishonest to the Parliament and the courts and could not be deemed fit to hold office.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who headed the implementation bench, said all material collected by the Joint Investigation Team would be sent to an accountability court within six weeks. He said cases should be opened against Maryam Nawaz (Sharif’s daughter), Captain Muhammad Safdar (Maryam’s husband), Hassan and Hussain Nawaz (PM Sharif’s sons) as well as Prime Minister Sharif and a judgement should be announced within 30 days.

The five-judge bench announced the much-awaited verdict in Courtroom No. 1 of the Supreme Court in Islamabad.

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