COURT WANTS PROBE OF AL­LE­GA­TIONS AGAINST PM SHARIF’S FAM­ILY

Regina Leader-Post - - WORLD -

ISLAMABAD Pak­istan’s top court asked the gov­ern­ment on Thurs­day to in­ves­ti­gate cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions against Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s fam­ily, de­lay­ing for two months a de­ci­sion that could have jeop­ar­dized his po­lit­i­cal fu­ture.

The Supreme Court had been ex­pected to an­nounce puni­tive mea­sures against Sharif’s fam­ily or the prime min­is­ter him­self, which would have put him un­der sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure. In 2012, the same court con­victed then-premier Yusuf Raza Gi­lani in a con­tempt case, forc­ing him to step down.

The court acted on pe­ti­tions from op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers dat­ing back to doc­u­ments leaked in 2016 that in­di­cated Sharif’s sons owned off­shore com­pa­nies.

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