* Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif disqualified by Supreme Court from holding office
* Verdict was passed in connection with Panama Papers case that related to ill-gotten wealth
* Sharif resigned as Prime Minister a few hours after the verdict
* Nawaz's brother Shahbaz, the current Punjab Chief Minister, is the frontrunner to replace him
* No Pakistani Prime Minister has ever completed his/her full tenure
That's all from our coverage for today. A statement on the future of the Pakistani government can be expected on Saturday. We'll keep you updated with the latest.
Geo News reported that PML-N lawmakers expressed reservations over the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif and said that his removal was not on the basis of Panama Papers.
The PML-N leadership also said that it is likely that a review petition will be filed. "This decision is not acceptable and we will file a review petition in court," said Saad Rafique.
After a consultative session of the ruling PML-N, Shehbaz has emerged as the most likely candidate to be the next prime minister of Pakistan after an interim premier has served the 45-day period, Geo News reported.
Shehbaz, 65, is currently serving as the chief minister of Punjab.
Pakistani media reports suggest that Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz and current Punjab Chief Minister, is set to become the new Prime Minister.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a notification disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as a member of the National Assembly.
"The Election Commission of Pakistan hereby de-notify Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as Member National Assembly on Pakistan from Constituency No.NA-120 Lahore-III with immediate effect," reads the ECP notification.
Ali Zafar, a barrister and former president of the supreme court bar association, said: “We are currently without a government because the constitution doesn’t envision the disqualification of the prime minister.”
The final court order is now available. Here are some excerpts:
"The Election Commission of Pakistan shall issue a notification disqualifying respondent No. 1 Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) with immediate effect, whereafter he shall cease to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan."
The federal cabinet was dissolved after Nawaz Sharif relinquished his responsibilities as the prime minister of Pakistan. Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq will assume the responsibility of the interim prime minister, according to Dawn.