Pakistan lawyers have given a seven-day deadline to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over the Panama Papers scandal threatening that otherwise, they will launch a nationwide movement against him, according to a report published by The Dawn. The report added that the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) on Saturday demanded Nawaz Sharif’s resignation after the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case was cut short as a ‘group of lawyers affiliated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) barged into the conference room and roughed up the SCBA leaders’.
As per a report published by The Hindu, the joint judgement given by two bars in Lahore on May 20 read as: “Both bar associations are of the view that in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Panama Papers case (that questioned the moral authority of the premier to rule), PM Nawaz Sharif should no longer hold his office and should therefore resign.” It further added that the Panama Papers judgement has clearly stated that Sharif and his children were involved in financial improprieties and corruption.
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“For fair and independent inquiry against the premier, Nawaz Sharif should step down till the final report of the JIT. In case he does not resign till May 27 the lawyers throughout Pakistan will launch a nationwide campaign and movement to ensure his resignation,” the statement said, as per the report. Sharif has also received a lot of flak for International Court of Justice’s decision in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
In the latest development, a West Bengal-based cleric announced a reward of Rs 20 lakhs for anyone who puts a garland of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s shoes around the neck of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying that the Indian citizen has been sentenced to death in a frivolous case, reported news agency PTI. “Pakistan calls itself an Islamic country, but it is giving shelter to terrorists and supporting terror. It’s the job of its prime minister to take strict action against terrorism,” he said.