Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office in a landmark decision on the Panama Papers case, The Dawn newspaper reports.
This is the third time the prime minister has been unable to complete his term in the chief executive’s office. It is unclear at the moment who will be appointed to take over the post till the next general elections, which are scheduled for 2018, the newspaper worte.
The election commission of Pakistan will have to de-notify the prime minister to fulfill the technicalities of implementing the order, according to the report.
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who had headed the apex court’s implementation bench following its 20 April order on the Panama Papers case, announced that the larger bench had unanimously deemed PM Sharif from holding office and would also order an accountability court to open a case against him.
The unanimous judgement was announced shortly after 12:00pm.