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Pakistani Court Dismisses Graft Cases Against Prime Minister

A Pakistani court has dismissed two long-standing corruption cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

The presiding judge at an accountability court in Islamabad on September 19 dismissed the cases as politically motivated.

The decision comes at a time when Sharif is facing a protest movement which accuses the government of election rigging and massive corruption.

The cases related to the building of Sharif's Lahore home from allegedly unknown sources of money, and laundering charges through a paper mill company.

They were brought to court by the government of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2000, a year after he deposed Sharif in a coup.

A lawyer for Sharif said the court would hear another graft case on October 2.

Sharif's brother, Shahbaz, who is the chief minister of Punjab Province, was also implicated in the graft cases.

Based on reporting by AFP and