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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned on Friday (28) following a Supreme Court verdict disqualifying him from holding office.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan delivering a unanimous verdict on July 28 disqualified the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office pursuant to an investigation into allegations of corruption.

The probe into Sharif’s family’s finances and wealth followed the Panama Paper dump which alleged a link between Sharif’s children and offshore companies. Sharif has continuously professed innocence, calling the inquiry a conspiracy.

The removal from office of Sharif, currently on his third term, comes a year prior to his present term coming to an end.

The Panama Papers leak disclosed that Sharif’s two sons and daughter possessed expensive real estate holdings including residential property such as apartments in London which had been purchased through offshore companies. The Court has also ordered a criminal investigation to be launched. Certain documentation attesting to the paper trail of the monies of the family, produced by the defence had been found to be fraudulent.