- Title: File footage of Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif
- Date: 11th July 2017
- Summary: PUNJAB, PAKISTAN (FILE -1997) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** CROWD CHEERING SHARIF ADDRESSING RALLY CROWD WAVING SHARIF'S PARTY FLAGS CHEERING AND CHANTING LAHORE, PAKISTAN (FILE - FEBRUARY 1997) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SHARIF CASTING VOTE ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (FILE - 1998) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) SHARIF WALKING TO HIS OFFICE IN PRIME MINISTER'S HOUSE SHARIF WALKING TO HIS DESK SHARIF TALKING WHILE SITTING AT HIS DESK After serving as the leader of the opposition between 1993 and 1996, Sharif made a victorious return to power in Pakistan's 1997 elections. Strengthened by a big election win in 1997, Sharif tightened his grip. He cracked down on the media and amended the constitution to strip the president of power to dissolve the National Assembly. KARACHI, PAKISTAN (FILE - 1999) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER (APC) CARRYING SHARIF (UNDER ARREST) TO ANTI-TERRORISM COURT, PASSING THROUGH STREET SHARIF'S YOUNGER BROTHER SHAHBAZ SHARIF EMBRACING HIM/ BOTH WAVING TO SUPPORTERS WAITING OUTSIDE COURT PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PHOTOS SHARIF WAVING TO SUPPORTERS AS HE COMES OUT AN ANTI-TERRORISM COURT The 1999 Pakistani coup d'Ã©tat was a bloodless one, in which the Pakistan Army and then Chief of Army Staff and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Pervez Musharraf, overthrew elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his existing elected government. Two days later, on October 14, 1999, Musharraf declared a state of emergency and issued a Provisional Constitutional Order. KARACHI, PAKISTAN (FILE - NOVEMBER 22, 1999) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) SHARIF SURROUNDED BY SECURITY PERSONNEL SHARIF SPEAKING, LOOKING ON / SHARIF WAVING Sharif was taken from prison and sent into exile in Saudi Arabia in November 1999, 14 months after he was overthrown in an army coup.
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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: LVA0036P9VJ9H
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- 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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