The Supreme Court dismissed Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after an investigative panel alleged his family could not account for its vast wealth .
The order follows a damning corruption probe into his family wealth, cutting short his third stint in power.
The court also ordered a criminal investigation against the premier and his family.
Sharif, 67, has always denied any wrongdoing and has dismissed the investigation into him as biased and inaccurate.
Sharif’s allies have alleged there was a conspiracy to unseat him.
“This is not accountability, it is revenge,” tweeted Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq hours before the verdict was announced. “In an effort dislodge us, the democratic system has been made a target.”
Sharif’s two previous stints in power were also cut short, including by a military coup in 1999, but he came back from exile to win a resounding victory in the 2013 general elections.