Panama papers case verdict: The judgement came as a major blow for the prime minister with a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa disqualifying Sharif over the Panama Papers scandal and declared him guilty of illegally accumulating offshore properties and funds beyond his known sources of income.
Panama papers case verdict: The Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday pronounced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif guilty in the Panama Papers Case. Sharif has resigned from the post of PM following the unprecedented judgement by the Pakistan’s apex court. The judgement came as a major blow for the prime minister with a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa disqualifying Sharif over the Panama Papers scandal and declared him guilty of illegally accumulating offshore properties and funds beyond his known sources of income. The Supreme Court also ruled that graft cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal and ordered the National Accountability Board to file its reference against them within six weeks. Sharif was disqualified from holding his office as the judges ruled that he had been dishonest to Parliament and the courts and could not be deemed fit for his office. Amid the controversy, the Pakistani media has reacted to the Supreme Court’s verdict. Check out here what the media of the neighbouring country has to say:
- Calling the judgement a “landmark decision”, Pakistan’s popular daily Dawn said that this is the third time Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister has been unable to complete his term in the chief executive’s office. The Dawn quoted that in its decision, the Supreme Court had specifically asked the president to “ensure a smooth transition for the democratic process.”
- Meanwhile, Pakistani television network ARY Islamabad Bureau Chief Sabir Shakir called the verdict of the apex court as “historic judgement”.
- The Express Tribune, a major daily English-language newspaper based in Pakistan, called the Supreme Court’s decision on disqualified Prime Minister Sharif – ‘a landmark decision’ after a corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power.
- After the Supreme Court pronounced the verdict, the Pakistani newspaper The News International, also said that the decision taken by the Apex Court was the “landmark verdict” which was announced in Courtroom 1 of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. It said the court, in its verdict, directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to issue disqualification notification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with immediate effect.