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Nawaz Sharif's ouster as Pakistan PM: A timeline of Panama Papers scandal

Currently, it is unclear who will be appointed to take over his post until 2018 general elections

BS Web Team & PTI  |  Islamabad 

Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif

on Friday stepped down as the prime minister of despite having "strong reservations" on Supreme Court’s verdict, which disqualified him from holding public office in a landmark decision on the case, the Dawn reported.

This decision bring’s Sharif’s third-term in power to an abrupt end, around one year before the scheduled general elections, which would have seen him become the first Pakistani prime minister to complete the five-year term. 


Following is the chronology of the Panamagate scandal:

April 4, 2016: The Consortium of Investigative Journalism publishes the Panama Papers, exposing evasion by the world's elite through off-shore accounts and shell companies. The documents include names of Sharif's family.

April 5, 2016: Sharif sets up a judicial committee to investigate the allegations, denies charges.

April 26, 2016: Opposition parties reject the judicial commission set up by the

November 1, 2016: The Supreme decides to pursue a case related to

November 7, 2016: PML-N submits Qatari prince's letter to the Supreme containing information about the flats that were at the centre of the scandal.

January 6, 2017: Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz submits details of assets after the Supreme resumes hearing.

April 20, 2017: SC orders formation of a JIT with a split 3-2 verdict to probe the corruption charges against Sharif.

May 5, 2017: SC formally constitutes the JIT.

May 22, 2017: The JIT presents its first bi-weekly report to the SC in two volumes.

May 24, 2017: The JIT sends questionnaires to Sharif and his two sons - Hussain and Hassan.

May 28, 2017: Sharif's elder son, Hussain, appears before the JIT, claims it did not provide him any questionnaire.

May 30, 2017: Hussain appears before JIT for the second time.

June 13, 2017: The JIT submits report to the SC on obstructions to its work, blames institutions for "creating impediments in the collection of evidence".

June 15, 2017: Sharif appears before the JIT for questioning, becoming the first sitting prime minister to appear before any investigating agency.

June 17, 2017: Sharif's younger brother and Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif questioned by JIT.

July 5, 2017: Sharif's daughter Maryam appears before JIT.

July 7, 2017: Former Qatari premier Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani sends a letter to the JIT, asking it to record his statement at his palace before submitting its final report to the SC.

July 8, 2017: PML-N says will reject any JIT report without Qatari ex-premier's statement.

July 10, 2017: The JIT submits the final report to the SC.

July 21, 2017: The three-judge bench Supreme bench hearing the case reserves decision.

July 28, 2017: The five-member SC bench unanimously rules against Sharif, disqualifying him from the office.

Currently, it is unclear who will be appointed to take over his post until the 2018 general elections. 

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