ECP denotifies Nawaz Sharif from National Assembly

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Following the directives of the Supreme Court, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued a notification disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as a member of the National Assembly.

“The Election Commission of Pakistan hereby de-notify Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as Member National Assembly on Pakistan from Constituency No.NA-120 Lahore-III with immediate effect,” reads the ECP notification.

Giving their judgement in the Panamagate case, the SC judges ruled that Nawaz Sharif had been dishonest to the parliament and the courts in not disclosing his employment in the Dubai-based Capital FZE company in his 2013 nomination papers, and thus, could not be deemed fit for his office.

“The Election Commission of Pakistan shall issue a notification disqualifying respondent No. 1 Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) with immediate effect, whereafter he shall cease to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan,” reads the order, the full text of which is available with Dawn.

“It is hereby declared that having failed to disclose his un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from Capital FZE Jebel Ali, UAE in his nomination papers filed for the General Elections held in 2013 in terms of Section 12(2)(f) of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 (ROPA), and having furnished a false declaration under solemn affirmation respondent No. 1 Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is not honest in terms of Section 99(f) of ROPA and Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 and therefore he is disqualified to be a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament),” reads the judgement, elaborating on the technicality that cost Nawaz Sharif his post as the premier.

Shortly after the judgment, Nawaz Sharif stepped down as the prime minister.

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International Consortium of Investigative Journalists wins Pulitzer for Panama Papers

The Pulitzer Prizes on Monday honoured an international consortium of more than 300 reporters on six continents for their investigative series on the Panama Papers which detailed the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens used by the high and mighty.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy and the Miami Herald won the explanatory award for the Panama Papers, a massive investigation into the secretive offshore companies owned by the world’s political and business elite which sparked controversy in several countries including Pakistan.

Eight off-shore companies were reported to have links with the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Under pressure, the government last year announced a probe into the revelations.

A case originating from the Panama Papers controversy, and which could potentially decide the future of Sharif’s PML-N government, was heard by the Supreme Court in February this year.

The apex court’s verdict in the case is anxiously awaited by the public, media and political circles.

“We’re honoured that the Pulitzer Board recognised the groundbreaking revelations and worldwide impact that the Panama Papers collaboration produced,” ICIJ director Gerard Ryle said.

Pulitzer for Washington Post, NY Times

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