Pakistan: Sharif’s Party Takes Senate Despite Graft Scandal

Boosting its chances at the upcoming general elections, the ruling party of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif won over the weekend a majority in the upper house of Pakistan’s parliament.

Nawaz Sharif (Photo: Prerna Goyal, CC BY-SA 4.0)The confidential vote on Saturday may have changed Sharif’s fortunes.

He has been fighting with the country’s judiciary since the top court dismissed him from his premier post last summer after the Panama Papers leaks showed his daughter and two sons owned offshore companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy flats in London.

Sharif also failed to declare a monthly salary, equivalent to around US$ 2,700, from a company owned by his son.

He denies all allegations and keeps accusing his political opponents of fabricating cases against him in order to remove him from the election race this summer.

But as the corruption trial against him and his family

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