Sharif Rallies Crowds En Route to Lahore

Katrina Barker
August 13, 2017

Sharif stepped down after being disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 and after staying in Murree and Islamabad, embarked on road journey to his home in Lahore in the company of thousands of his supporters.

After 60 days, the probe committee filed its report in the court and within two weeks, a verdict was delivered that ordered the elections authority to disqualify Nawaz Sharif.

The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the Supreme Court's verdict in Panama Papers Case caused humiliation for Pakistan in the world, adding that people have rejected the verdict.

A speeding vehicle accompanying Nawaz Sharif's "homecoming" motorcade crushed a nine-year-old child in Lalamusa, Punjab, on Friday, the media reported.

The by-poll is scheduled to be held on September 17.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has arranged camps for the rally at different points.

A defiant Nawaz Sharif criticised on Thursday the judiciary for forcing him to quit as prime minister, saying it was an "insult" to 200 million people of Pakistan that their elected leader was unceremoniously ousted with a single stroke of pen.

Asif Kirmani said Ms Nawaz submitted her nomination on Friday in the city of Lahore.

The rally at Muridke was warmly welcomed by a large number of the PML-N workers and supporters.

At a speech during a stop in the town of Jhelum, Sharif noted that he was voted into office by the people but judges ousted him.

Nawaz also pledged his loyalty to the public and said that he would never betray them. "If I was corrupt then I would have been ashamed", he said.

Sharif in his defence said that he would personally visit the boy's home "and try to help his family for life". "I am a patriotic Pakistani", Sharif said.

He was greeted by supporters lining up on the both sides of road as he came out of the Punjab House in Islamabad on Wednesday, making it impossible for his motorcade to move. While Pakistan Peoples Party's Faisal Mir, Zubair Kardar, Azizur Rehman Chan and Sajida Mir, PPP Shaheed Bhutto Group's Shakeel Gilani, Jamat-e-Islami's Zikrullah Mujahid and Pakistan Awami Tehreek's Ishtiaq Chaudhry submitted their nomination papers. "Promise me you won't allow your prime minister to be humiliated this way", he said.

"We will have to make sure that the mandate of the people is respected in future; we have to make sure no conspiracy against an elected prime minister succeeds now".

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