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Pakistan's Supreme Court orders further investigation into PM, undermining his position ahead of 2018 elections

21 April 2017


Pakistan's Supreme Court announced on 20 April that there was insufficient evidence to dismiss Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over corruption allegations originating from the Panama Papers leak in April 2016.

However, crucially, the court's verdict did not exonerate Sharif. The 550-page judgment repeatedly criticised the prime minister for failing to account for his family's wealth. Two dissenting judges on the five-member panel in fact ruled in favour of disqualifying Sharif from the office of prime minister, arguing that he had lied to the public. As a result, the court said it would form a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to further probe the allegations over the next two months.

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