The Supreme Court in Pakistan disqualified PM Nawaz Sharif from holding the office of Prime Minister on Friday 28 July 2017.
Following the ruling Nawaz Sharif has vacated the office and announced that his younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, will be his successor.
Last year, leaked documents known as the Panama Papers that focused on a shadowy law firm that provided financial services to some of the world’s ultra-wealthy revealed that three of Sharif’s children owned offshore assets the PM had not disclosed. These included apartments in London’s upmarket Mayfair area.
Moreover the PM had not reported income he received from a family firm in the United Arab Emirates adding to the allegation of corruption suggested by the Panama revelations.
Meanwhile a meeting of opposition parties on Monday 31 July ended without the parties’ consensus on a single candidate for the prime minister’s post.
The PML-N’s nominee, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is currently facing a Rs220 billion corruption inquiry being carried out by the National Accountability Bureau, submitted his nomination papers to NA Secretary Jawad Rafiq Malik on Monday.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) put forward Awami Muslim League (AML) leader Sheikh Rashid’s name while Pakistan Peoples Party backed Khursheed Shah and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) suggested the name of Sahibzada Tariqullah.