Pakistan Prime Minister resigns after court indictment on corruption

Pakistan Apex Court considers trying Prime Minister on corruption claim

Nawaz Sharif has resigned as Prime Minister of Pakistan following a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to disqualify him from office.

The ruling came after a probe into his family’s wealth in the wake of the leaked 2016 panama papers, which linked Mr Sharif’s children to offshore firms.

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.

Pakistan’s ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, will be permitted by the Speaker of the National Assembly to select an interim prime minister to rule until the 2018 general election.

Opposition parties will also have the opportunity to put forward their own candidates for the position.

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