Panama Papers: Nawaz Sharif dismissed, David Cameron still not investigated

Opponents of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif

"The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will further dent its cause by appointing [current Punjab CM] Shehbaz Sharif the prime minister", he added.

According to Pakistani laws, the prime minister must be a member of NA.

Sources said that the former Federal Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will likely be brought in as the interim prime minister for 45 days as Shahbaz Sharif doesn't hold the membership of national assembly and he will have to win a by-election for NA seat.

During the meeting to determine its political and legal options after Sharif's removal, the Pakistan Muslim League party considered several candidates, including Sharif's wife, before settling on his brother as the replacement. Shahbaz, who is now Punjab's chief minister, was seen as a strong contender for the job even before his brother's disqualification.

This statement and tweet came after the Pakistani Supreme court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from the post of the country's Prime Minister.

Shehbaz would contest the election from NA-120, a constituency from Lahore which has become vacant due to disqualification of Sharif.

Despite the damning investigation and Supreme Court ruling, a transition to Shehbaz Sharif will allow the family to continue its political dynasty for now.

"He is no more eligible to be an honest member of the parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister", Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan said in court.




Sharif said he was removed by the Supreme Court on "baseless allegations". It was the third time that Nawaz was unable to complete his term in the chief executive's office.

The Attorney General said that the bench disqualified the Prime Minister for life.

The judges disqualified Sharif after considering the report of a six-member investigation team, which was formed in April to look into the scandal.

Mr Sharif has denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the investigation - stemmed from disclosures past year in the Panama Papers - as biased and inaccurate.

While the evidence may indeed point to illegalities committed by Sharif and his children, Pakistan's judiciary tends to crack down on political corruption while leaving misdemeanours committed by other influential sectors of society untouched.

The former prime minister dismissed the impression that he was toppled on the charges of corruption.

Pakistani media report that Shehbaz has in recent years presented his country at several worldwide forums, including the United Nations.

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