Supreme Court Rejects Call To Disqualify Pakistan PM

"It was a close call for the Prime Minister", he said.

The prime minister's daughter, Maryam, tweeted a photo of the family and leaders of Sharif's PML-N party celebrating the verdict.

The leader of the opposition Pakistan Movement for Justice party said in a statement the ruling would "change the dynamics of politics in Pakistan".

Although railways spokesman Najam Wali claimed that the athletes have been set free, the railways police have summoned their parents to settle the matter.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan has started "crying" again after the announcement of highly-anticipated Panama case verdict. Pakistan's most prominent opposition politician, Imran Khan, had said before the ruling that it would be a "defining moment in the country's history".

Sharif, 67, on Thursday got a temporary breather from the Supreme Court which said there was "insufficient evidence" to remove him from office but ordered setting up of a joint team to investigate the graft allegations against his family.

The high-profile case is about alleged money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as the prime minister to purchase assets in London.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. "The Prime Minister should immediately resign at least for the 60 days until JIT completes its work", Khan told reporters, referring to the joint investigation team.

The five-judge panel, formed by Pakistan's Supreme Court in November 2016 to investigate Sharif, delivered its ruling after two months of deliberation.

Included in those documents were letters showing that three of Sharif's children - Maryam, Hassan and Hussain - were listed as beneficiaries for three companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.

She said that after 2013 when Pakistan was on verge of default Prime Minister rekindled the ray of hope by launching a number of energy projects that added electricity to the national grid to ensure that the industry received uninterrupted supply of power.

Salman Akram Raja, a lawyer for Sharif's family, said the ruling was vindication for the government, which had said it supported an independent investigation of the allegations.

"The decision to probe corruption of Nawaz Sharif and his children means that whatever explanation he had given in the SC regarding the source of income and the money trail has been rejected", said Khan.

However, Sharif faces further scrutiny by the Supreme Court.

In an April 7 report, Credit Suisse said the court's long pause on issuing a verdict was weighing on investors, and helped caused a 35 percent drop in market activity from March to April on the the KSE 100 equity index .

So, it will put the Pakistani Prime Minister very much under pressure or rather keep him under pressure since he is not being cleared, ' said Chatterji.

  • Carolyn Briggs