Pak­istan PM’s ouster lauded by op­po­si­tion

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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

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