PRIME MIN­IS­TER RE­SIGNS AF­TER COURT RUL­ING

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - NEWS -

Pak­istan’s be­lea­guered Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif stepped down Fri­day af­ter the Supreme Court or­dered him re­moved from of­fice over al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, plung­ing the nu­clear-armed na­tion into a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.

The five-judge panel acted on pe­ti­tions filed by Sharif’s po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents al­leg­ing that he and his fam­ily failed to dis­close as­sets stem­ming from last year’s “Panama Pa­pers” leaks. The court or­dered that crim­i­nal charges be filed against Sharif and four rel­a­tives.

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