Islamabad: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has claimed victory after the Supreme Court verdict on the Panama Papers corruption charges against PM Nawaz Sharif. The Supreme Court, in a 3-2 judgement, ordered a fresh probe into allegations of financial irregularities and money laundering, while noting that there was "insufficient evidence" to remove Sharif.
PML-N was quick to tweet photos and statements of celebration after the Supreme Court verdict.The Premier's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, tweeted a photo of Prime Minister Sharif, his family and PML-N leaders celebrating the verdict with smiles and embraces.
Addressing the media after the verdict, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said: "Every party including Imran Khan, Sirajul Haq should now respect the SC verdict."
"We will cooperate with the JIT and keep on respecting the court."
"The split verdict proves that people, especially the PTI who opposed the Prime Minister, are in a minority," said Ahsan Iqbal, a leader from Sharif's PML-N.
As tensions peaked in Islamabad ahead of the verdict, around 1,500 police commandos and riot forces were deployed around the court.
Lawyers opposing Sharif say the onus is on him to prove that his family did not engage in money laundering.
The landmark judgement was made public 57 days after the case was last heard by the court.
On the other hand, there was silence in the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) camp. Later, through its official account, the PTI termed the verdict as "favourable" for the party.
A PTI tweet said: "Decision as it stands right now. Pakistan 2, corruption 0. 3 judgements reserved for PM and kids to show face in court for JIT."
While the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was quick to tweet photos and statements of celebration after the Supreme Court verdict, there was silence in the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) camp.