Pakistan’s Supreme Court convicted Nawaz Sharif in the Panama case. The Bench of five judges ruled that, the case should be prosecuted against Nawaz Sharif and disqualified him from the Prime Minister’s post. After this decision, Nawaz Sharif has resigned from his post and the Union Cabinet has been dismissed.
In fact, in this case Nawaz Sharif along with his relatives was accused of concealing black money, corruption and money laundering. In these cases, he and his relatives have been found guilty. Earlier on July 21, the Supreme Court of Pakistan reserved the judgment in the case of the Panama Papers. The bench of five judges, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal, had reserved its decision.
As soon as the verdict against Nawaz Sharif came, a big problem has arisen in the way of his political career. The situation in Pakistan’s politics is also not very good as Sharif’s party Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) will have to pick a new leader. This is also important because power can now go out of the hands of his family. On the other hand, the main opposition PPP is not very strong.
Earlier, during the hearing on 21 July, Justice Saeed said that the court will not be disturbed by any law while deciding its verdict. “We are conscious of the fundamental rights of the petitioners and the defendants.” The Supreme Court also opened the last part of the ten-volume report which was filed by Joint Investigation Team (JIT). The Supreme Court had constituted JIT to investigate allegations of money laundering on Sharif and his family.
JIT had said that, the tenth volume of the report should be kept confidential as it contains details of correspondence with other countries. The Sharif lawyers’ team had expressed their displeasure over this. The court ordered the officers to give one copy of the report to Sharif’s counsel Khwaja Haris. Nawaz Sharif, known as the ‘Lion of Punjab’, became the Prime Minister in the politically unstable Pakistan for a record three times, but every time he was forced to quit in the middle of his term — first by the presidency, then the military and now the judiciary.
Sharif had served as the Prime Minister for the first time from 1990 to 1993. During his tenure, Sharif developed serious differences with conservative president Ghulam Ishaq Khan, who dissolved the National Assembly using his reserve powers in April 1993. In July, Sharif resigned under pressure from the army but made a settlement that resulted in the removal of Khan as well.Sharif’s second term as Prime Minister from 1997 ended in 1999 when then powerful Army chief Pervez Musharraf staged a bloodless coup. In a dramatic fall from grace, Sharif ended up in jail, convicted of hijacking charges for trying to stop a plane carrying Musharraf from landing. He then went into exile in Saudi Arabia and did not return to Pakistan until 2007, when he teamed up with the PPP to force Musharraf from office.