After the historic Panamgate verdict was announced by the Supreme Court against the sitting prime minister, supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) took to the streets to protest.
The protests, which remained peaceful, were held in Lahore’s Data Darbar, Naseerabad, Mall Road areas where protestors also burnt tires, disrupting traffic.
Meanwhile, traffic wardens and Lahore city police were deployed at important roundabouts and buildings to maintain flow of traffic and protect property in case of any untoward incident.
The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister from holding office in a landmark decision after a corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power.
The top court five-judge larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has unanimously disqualified Nawaz for not disclosing his employment in UAE based offshore company Capital FZE.
“He [Nawaz] is no more eligible to be an honest member of the parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” said Judge Ejaz Afzal Khan in court.
Election Commission of Pakistan was ordered to immediately de-notify Nawaz and the president of Pakistan has been asked to take necessary measures after Nawaz’s disqualification. The SC also ordered filing of reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
The major opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), also reacted to the much-awaited verdict and said they will offer a prayer of thanks for the historic decision by the SC.
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