Pakistan PM resigns
30 July, 2017, 12:00 am
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office on Friday over undeclared assets, plunging the nuclear-armed South Asian nation into political turmoil after a period of relative stability.
Mr Sharif swiftly resigned, but a member of his outgoing cabinet implied that elements of the powerful military had a hand in his ouster.
Pakistan was left with no government leader after Friday’s verdict, which also ordered a criminal probe into the Sharif family over allegations stemming from the “Panama Papers” leaks of international offshore companies.
Mr Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, which holds a solid majority in parliament, is expected to name a new prime minister to hold office until elections due next year.
Among possible allies to replace Mr Sharif include Defence Minister Asif Khawaja and Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal.