Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Files 3 Petitions Against Supreme Court’s Ruling

© AP Photo / Akira SuemoriShehbaz Sharif, President of Pakistan Muslim League -N and brother of Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, listens to a question during a press conference on 'Pakistan's political crisis' in London. (File)
Shehbaz Sharif, President of Pakistan Muslim League -N and brother of Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, listens to a question during a press conference on 'Pakistan's political crisis' in London. (File) - Sputnik International
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Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif filed Tuesday three petitions to appeal the Supreme Court’s decision to remove him from power over the Panama Papers scandal, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Pakistani Supreme Court ruled on July 29 to remove Sharif following corruption investigation into his family. The investigation was launched after the Panama Papers leak revealed in April 2016 that Sharif's two sons and one of his daughters owned at least three offshore companies registered on the British Virgin Islands.

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One of the petitions said that the two judges, Asif Saeed Khosa and Gulzar Ahmed, were not eligible to take part in making the final verdict, as well as had no right to rule on Sharif’s disqualification, the Dunya News media outlet reported.

Sharif also requested for a restoration order allowing him to return to power until a review of the petitions is completed.

On August 1, the National Assembly of Pakistan supported the appointment of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who served as the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources, as the country's interim Prime Minister. The new prime minister will be holding the post temporally until Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of the former prime minister is elected in the parliamentary by-election.

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