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Nawaz Sharif quits as Prime Minister after Pakistan SC unseats him in Panamagate

The court also directed the country's anti-corruption authorities to file separate corruption cases against the former prime minister, the finance minister, his two sons, daughter, and son-in-law for their involvement in the Panama Papers scandal.

Following a parliamentary committee meeting on Saturday, Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, decided that the disgraced prime minister's younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif would stand as his permanent replacement.

Reports claim that Abbasi's tenure would last for roughly 45 days, the time period approximately required for the PML-N to get Shehbaz elected to the Parliament. "This is really disturbing", he said but vowed that Sharif would now be more active in politics than before.

Speaking at a news conference, Khan said the apex court did not disqualify Nawaz Sharif on the pleas of tax evasion, concealing of assets and the ownership of flat in London but disqualified him on other reason.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who headed the implementation bench, said all material collected by the Joint Investigation Team would be sent to an accountability court within six weeks.

This is the third time that Nawaz Sharif has been unable to complete his term in office.

Meanwhile, Mr. Abbasi told newsmen in Islamabad the party may have given in, but history will not accept this decision to disqualify Mr. Nawaz Sharif.

But the problem is that Hamza is member of national assembly and would have to be elected as member of provincial assembly first in order to succeed his father.

"I do not think there will be any significant change in the political situation", she said and pointed out that Shahbaz has a long political experience and he could overcome the current crisis.

At the Saturday meeting, PML-N also chose to challenge Nawaz Sharif's disqualification through a review petition in the apex court.

They said Nawaz Sharif was a popular leader of the country and had the ability and vision to keep the nation united and make Pakistan a developed country among the comity of nations.

The court ruled that Sharif had been dishonest to the Parliament and the courts. In 2012 then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was disqualified over contempt of court charges for refusing to reopen a corruption case against the sitting president Asif Ali Zardari. It angered his party leaders who note that their party enjoys a majority and will stay in power until general elections are held in June 2018. He was chairman of Pakistan International Airlines from 1997 to 1999 when General Musharraf overthrew Sharif's government.

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