Pakistan top court dismisses PM Sharif over Panama leaks

Jul 28, 2017, 7:16 AM EDT
Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif has resigned after the verdict.
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday removed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office following a corruption probe linked the leader and his family to illicitly amassed wealth overseas through offshore companies.


The verdict, handed down unanimously by a five-member bench, is likely to further destabilize a delicate political landscape in the country, writes The Guardian.

Sharif, serving as prime minister for a record third time, was hit by a political firestorm in April 2016 after the Panama Paper Leaks revealed that three of his children hid and laundered ill-gotten wealth via secretly owned offshore firms, notes the BBC.