Nisar rubbishes rumours over his absence from Nawaz's rally
Aug 11, 2017, 00:19
Backers of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chanted slogans, threw rose petals and waved posters of the former prime minister as they lined the roads and trailed his motorcade.
Pakistan's deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif is determined to hold a rally in his powerbase of Lahore despite a bombing in the city on Monday that killed one person and raised fears for the PML-N chief's safety.
Nawaz indirectly hit out at the judiciary for disqualifying him from the post of prime minister.
Speaking to enthusiastic supporters at the rally after nightfall, Sharif said "this mammoth crowd in Rawalpindi is in fact the start of a revolution".
He asked the people to make a pledge to guard their mandate so that elected representative are not removed through undemocratic ways.
The two leaders also agreed to work together to address the challenge of energy in the region and improve the economic condition in Pakistan and Afghanistan. "We will do this in the interest of Pakistan", he said, claiming that there was "not even a single allegation of corruption". Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah asserted Sharif's would be the biggest rally in Pakistan's history.
PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry called Sharif's decision to rally to Lahore a useless efforts to revive his dying politics.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was welcomed to a huge ovation from his supporters as he reached his stopover near Jhelum en route to Lahore. The next general election is due in June 2018.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who replaced Sharif a few days later, hugged the three-time premier as he boarded a vehicle along with his supporters.
Sources said that a large number of Sharif's supporters wanted the ex-PM to return to his hometown Lahore, by road.
Last month, a five-member apex bench had found Sharif " unfit to hold office", ruling that he had been "dishonest tothe parliament and the courts in not disclosing his employmentin the Dubai-based Capital FZE company in his 2013 nominationpapers".
Sharif also announced that he respects the decision despite serious reservations.
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