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2017-07-28

Nawaz Sharif has resigned as prime minister of Pakistan following a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to disqualify him from office.

The ruling came after a probe into his family’s wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump linking Sharif’s children to offshore companies.

Sharif has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the case.

The verdict was handed down unanimously by a five-member bench in the court.

A spokesman for Sharif’s office said in a statement “Following the verdict, Nawaz Sharif has resigned from his responsibilities as prime minister”.

The court was filled to capacity today, and there was heightened security in the capital, with tens of thousands of troops and police deployed.

Reuters news agency reports one of the judges at the Supreme Court, said that Sharif was no longer “eligible to be an honest member of the parliament”.