Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in unanimous verdict

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified for life in a landmark decision by Supreme Court of Pakistan over corruption charges, money laundering and misuse of power.

A five-judge Supreme Court bench asked PM Nawaz Sharif to immediately vacate the Prime Minister’s office since he had been dishonest to parliament and the courts and is not deemed fit for his office.

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

The much-awaited Panama case verdict announced on Friday means the ruling political party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, must nominate an interim prime minister following the disqualification of Mr. Sharif.

The supreme court bench also referred all material gathered in the investigation to the National Accountability Bureau, and recommended opening cases against the prime minister and his three children, Maryam, Hassan and Hussain.

The charges against Mr. Sharif and three of his children — two sons and a daughter — stemmed from disclosures last year in the Panama Papers, which revealed that the children owned expensive residential property in London through a string of offshore companies.

This is the third time the prime minister has been unable to complete his term in the chief executive’s office.