Sharif Formally Steps Down as Pakistan’s PM

ISLAMABAD — A spokesman for Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the premier has stepped down despite having reservations about the court order that disqualified him from serving.

In a brief statement, Sharif’s office said Sharif relinquished his charge as prime minister after learning that the Supreme Court disqualified him because of corruption allegations.

The statement claims that justice has not been done with Sharif, but the prime minister stepped down to show his respect for the judiciary and rule of law.

The court in a unanimous decision asked the country’s anti-corruption body to file corruption charges against Sharif, his two sons and daughter for concealing their assets.

The request to the National Accountability Bureau comes after a five-judge panel ruled Sharif “disqualified” to continue as prime minister and removing him from parliament.

Friday’s decision by a five-judge panel of the court was not surprising as many legal experts and



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