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Events leading up to Pakistan PM Sharif's ouster
July 28, 2017 / 12:59 PM / 4 months ago

Events leading up to Pakistan PM Sharif's ouster

, (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned on Friday after the country’s top court ruled him unfit for office for failing to disclose income and ordered a criminal investigation into his family over corruption allegations.

The prime minister’s fall follows revelations in the so-called “Panama Papers” last year, which revealed Sharif’s family had bought posh London apartments through offshore companies.

Here’s a timeline:

* April 4, 2016 - The Panama Papers show involvement of Sharif’s family in offshore companies.

* April 22, 2016 - Sharif asks the Supreme Court to form a commission to investigate the Panama leaks after pressure from the opposition. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan demands an independent probe by the high court itself.

* April 24, 2016 - Khan threatens protests against Sharif and says the prime minister had lost “moral authority” to rule.

* May 16, 2016 - Sharif proposes parliamentary commission probe into the scandal; opposition walks out.

* Oct. 28, 2016 - Khan accuses government of placing him under virtual house arrest; supporters fight police ahead of plan to shut down capital in protest.

* Nov. 1, 2016 - Khan backs down from a threat to paralyze capital with a “lockdown” after violence breaks out with many of his supporters injured and the Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments to form a commission to investigate Sharif.

* Nov. 2, 2016 - Supreme Court agrees to set up a judicial commission to probe corruption allegations against Sharif, stemming from Panama Papers leaks.

* April 20, 2017 - Supreme Court rules there was insufficient evidence to order Sharif’s immediate removal but orders a Joint Investigation Team to look further into the source of his family’s wealth.

* July 11, 2017 - Judicial investigators rule Sharif’s family accumulated unusual wealth; allies denounce findings.

* July 27, 2017 - Longstanding political ally and Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan says he would quit once top court rules on corruption allegations, regardless of the verdict.

* July 28, 2017 - Sharif resigns after court rules him unfit to hold office and orders more criminal investigations into his family. Court says it disqualified Sharif for not declaring income from a company in United Arab Emirates, which was not in original Panama Papers revelations.

Complied by Sudarshan Varadhan in NEW DELHI; Editing by Drazen Jorgic and Kay Johnson

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