Following is the chronology of the major events leading to the arrest and release of Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif:
April 4, 2016: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism publishes the Panama Papers, exposing tax evasion by the world’s elite through off-shore accounts and shell companies. The documents include the name of the Sharif 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 government.
November 1, 2016: The Supreme Court decides to pursue a case related to Nawaz Sharif.
November 7, 2016: PML-N submits Qatari prince’s letter to the Supreme Court containing information about the London flats that were at the center of the Panama Papers scandal.
January 6, 2017: Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz submits details of assets after the Supreme Court resumes the hearing.
April 20, 2017: The Supreme Court orders formation of a joint