Ousted Pakistan prime minister starts defiant 'caravan' from Islamabad to Lahore

Marsha Scott
August 11, 2017

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday embarked on a journey to Lahore from Islamabad via the famous Grand Trunk Road to show his popularity among masses.

"May Allah keep my brother, my leader & all the participants of rally in His protection -ss", Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of the former Prime Minister wrote in a tweet.

Addressing Nawaz Kaira said that he was sent home by a bench of the apex court that comprised five judges.

The 380-kilometer (237-mile) journey has been referred to as a display of Sharif's continued standing and strength after he was forced to quit late last month over undeclared assets.

"No prime minister has ever completed a full term of his government", Sharif said.

Asif Kirmani, Sharif's spokesman, said "a sea of people" welcomed Sharif.

However, key leaders from Sharif's ruling PML-N party were conspicuous by their absence, with some commentators suggesting this could be a reflection of disagreements within the party. He added, 'A divide is being witnessed in the ruling party'.

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Large numbers of police were deployed in Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Thursday, as compared to the first day of the rally, but fewer cars were accompanying Sharif's procession.

The poll panel said that Article 15 of the PML-N's own party constitution stipulates that if the seat of party President is vacant, it is to be filled within one week's time. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reiterated Pakistan's resolve to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of people of Indian Occupied Kashmir for their right of self-determination.

Islamabad: Pakistani workers install a huge billboard of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the planned route of his rally at a highway in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Several intelligence agencies issued a threat alert that terrorist organisations were planning an attack at the rally.

He stepped down almost an year before Pakistan would have participated in the scheduled general elections.

"These politicians are not doing any good for the people".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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