Citing allegations of corruption, a five-judge panel of Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday disqualified thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office, and ordered that criminal charges be filed against him and his family.
Sharif quickly stepped down, saying he did so to show respect for the country's judiciary. His office said justice had not been served.
After considering evidence against him, the court panel in a unanimous decision said Sharif was disqualified for not remaining “truthful and honest.” It also ruled that Sharif could no longer serve as a member of the National Assembly, the powerful lower house of the parliament.
The court directed the...