Pakistan PM’s ouster lauded by opposition
ISLAMABAD: Thousands of supporters of Pakistan’s main opposition party gathered yesterday in Islamabad to celebrate Friday’s Supreme Court decision that removed prime minister Nawaz Sharif from office over corruption charges.
Tens of thousands of workers from cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party attended a “thanksgiving rally to celebrate Pakistan’s victory against corruption”. Khan promised to strengthen institutions and make the country a welfare state in line with the teachings of Islam.
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party announced Sharif’s younger brother, Shahbaz, as his successor, but the opposition vowed to get him disqualified as well on corruption charges. Politicians, including Khan, sought Sharif ’s ouster after it was revealed in the Panama Papers leak last year that the premier’s children bought properties in London through offshore companies. Sharif has been removed from office twice before. – ANA-DPA