- Title: File footage of Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif
- Date: 11th July 2017
- Summary: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (FILE - MAY 7, 2013) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF SHARIF ADDRESSING ELECTION RALLY CHANTING CROWD CARRYING POSTERS OF SHARIF AS THEY WALK PAST
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- Keywords: Nawaz Sharif profile chronology prime minister Pakistan court hearing Supreme Court
- Location: FAISALABAD, ISLAMABAD, PUNJAB, LAHORE, KARACHI, PAKISTAN / UFA, RUSSIA / WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: FAISALABAD, ISLAMABAD, PUNJAB, LAHORE, KARACHI, PAKISTAN / UFA, RUSSIA / WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0056P9VJ9H
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up by the Supreme Court to investigate corruption claims that surfaced following the Panama Papers leak, spent two months probing the Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif family's wealth and gave its finding to the court on Monday (July 10).
This is the first time a sitting Pakistani premier has appeared before any investigative agency.
While the report was not made public immediately, leaked pages were circulated on social media and opposition leader Imran Khan demanded Sharif resign following the findings, which also leveled allegations against his daughter and sons.
Sharif has denied any wrongdoing over his family allegedly using offshore companies to buy luxury flats in a posh London neighbourhood, and said his family wealth was acquired legally.
In April, the Supreme Court ruled that there was insufficient evidence to remove Sharif from office on the back of Panama Papers leaks, but it ordered further investigations.
The Supreme Court began investigating Sharif after the main political parties failed to agree on a committee to probe the Panama Papers leaks, and PTI's chairman, Imran Khan, threatened mass protests and to shut down Islamabad.
Disqualifying Sharif would leave his party in power, but it would cause intense turmoil at a time when Pakistan is experiencing modest growth and improved security after years of violence, and the civilian government and powerful military have appeared to come to uneasy terms.
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