PM Nawaz resigns after SC order to disqualify him

Published: July 28, 2017
Nawaz has 'stepped down' despite having 'serious reservations' about judicial process, says PM House. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE

Nawaz has 'stepped down' despite having 'serious reservations' about judicial process, says PM House. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday resigned from his post, his office said, hours after the Supreme Court disqualified him over corruption claims against his family.

The apex court said Nawaz is not fit to hold office and ordered a criminal investigation into him and his family.

The Prime Minister’s office said in a statement that Sharif has “stepped down” despite having “serious reservations” about the judicial process. The federal cabinet also stands dissolved.

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The development came soon after the top court on Friday disqualified PM Nawaz from office after a damning corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power and ordering a criminal investigation of his family. “He [Nawaz] is no more eligible to be an honest member of the parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Judge Ejaz Afzal Khan in court.

The top court ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file a reference against the accused in an accountability court in six weeks and directed for the trial to be concluded within six months. The bench further requested Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar to nominate one judge who will oversee the proceedings of the accountability court.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan issued the de-notification of Nawaz as the member of National Assmbly.

Who could be Pakistan’s next PM?

No Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five-year term. Most have seen their tenures cut short by the military or interference from the Supreme Court. Others have been ousted by their own party, forced to resign — or been assassinated.

It is the second time in Pakistan’s 70-year history that the Supreme Court has disqualified a sitting prime minister. In 2012 then-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was disqualified over contempt of court charges for refusing to reopen a corruption case against the sitting president Asif Ali Zardari. The SC’s unceremonious end to Nawaz’s tenure represents a record third time he has been ousted as leader before completing his term.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Sabi
    Jul 28, 2017 - 1:55PM

    We love you we respect you and we hope your successor will implement your great economic program under your guidance.Recommend

  • Libra
    Jul 28, 2017 - 2:05PM

    Justice done. Corruption to go from this country forever. Pakistan shall be on path of prosperity.Recommend

  • Libra
    Jul 28, 2017 - 2:08PM

    Why it is captioned as PM Nawaz Resigns? He is disqualified not resigned. He was shown door to go out due to corruption and looting wealth of this country.Recommend

  • Salman
    Jul 28, 2017 - 2:16PM

    Lol. Resigned after being fired. No honour in that…Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jul 28, 2017 - 2:26PM

    This country is for dictators and judiciary at its disposal. Recommend

  • Syed Asad Ali
    Jul 28, 2017 - 3:05PM

    Well done SC and carry on. Who will be the next?Recommend

  • Qami Baloch
    Jul 28, 2017 - 3:15PM

    Long Live Pakistan .. Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jul 28, 2017 - 3:25PM

    It’s approaching 3:30 pm and the deposed PM is still illegaly using PM office for meetings.Recommend

    Jul 28, 2017 - 3:47PM

    We love Nawaz Sharif. Allah bless him.Recommend

  • Amjed jaaved
    Jul 28, 2017 - 10:12PM

    How could SC saying same judgment take no action against Jit members protect their service. NAB jit member was under charge sheet for being unqalifief for his job. Isi member is a
    retd brigadier serving as a source in ISI,paid out of secret source fund. Recommend

  • Ahmar Khan
    Jul 29, 2017 - 12:10AM

    Hold elections. PML-N will win in a landslide.Recommend

  • mastishhk
    Jul 29, 2017 - 12:26AM

    Sabi\Sadia- We are in a debt trap and getting a loan is considered an achievement. Current account deficit is at an all time high and we are being berated all across the world for fudging our economy related numbers. Which great economic program are you excited about?Recommend

  • Dipak
    Jul 29, 2017 - 12:47AM

    The President will be 10% Mr. Zardari, Prime Minister will be Billy Boy of BB and the new Foreign Minister will be the old Foreign Minister Ms. Hina.Recommend

  • Pakistani-American
    Jul 29, 2017 - 5:16AM


    Why do Indians like you care what happens in Pakistan? Focus on your own disaster of a country. Recommend

  • kk
    Jul 29, 2017 - 10:23AM

    the basis onn which PM was sent home is ajoke.this shows how learned over judges r. they should go n sell vegetables ,becoming a judge is not they deserveRecommend

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