- Category: Broadcast News
- Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:22
Pakistan's top court ordered the prime minister be investigated for corruption on Thursday, in a highly anticipated decision that granted Nawaz Sharif a temporary reprieve as judges said there was insufficient evidence to oust him from power.
The AFP news agency explains that Sharif and his children had been accused of graft in an ongoing case that had threatened to topple the prime minister and captivated Pakistan after the Panama Papers leak last year linked the family to offshore business. The Supreme Court issued a split ruling calling for a joint investigation team of anti-corruption officials along with the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence to probe the claims. "A thorough investigation is required," Justice Asif Saeed Khosa told the court, announcing the decision. Two of the five judges went further, branding Sharif "dishonest" and saying he should be disqualified, but they were outnumbered.