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Pakistan's Supreme Court has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office over allegations of corruption against him and his family that came to light through the release of the Panama Papers.

In a unanimous decision the court said Mr Sharif was disqualified for not remaining "truthful and honest" after considering evidence against him.

The court also directed the country's anti-corruption body to file corruption charges against Mr Sharif, his two sons and daughter in the next six weeks for concealing their assets.

The current case against Mr Sharif and his family dates back to 2016, when documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm indicated Mr Sharif's sons owned several offshore companies.

The massive security breach, which became known as the Panama Papers, comprised of the leak of more than 11 million documents that showed how a global industry of law firms and big banks sells financial secrecy to politicians, fraudsters and drug traffickers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars.