Former Pakistan PM Sharif rallies crowds on road to Lahore

Michele Moreno
August 11, 2017

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif (2nd L) waves as he comes out from a container after delivering a speech to his supporters during a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on August 10, 2017.

Sharif's convoy swelled to hundreds of vehicles and several thousands of supporters, making it impossible for them to move quickly.

The opposition has decried Sharif's continued role in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after his disqualification by the apex court in the Panama Papers case. The rally remained largely peaceful but some Sharif's supporters assaulted the crew of two local news TV stations that had been critical of him during the court proceedings, police official Hafeez Khan said.

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.

Just who are you protesting against, does becoming prime minister puts one above the law, Kaira kept lashing out at Nawaz Sharif.

Islamabad: Pakistan's ousted premier Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday embarked on a journey to Lahore from Islamabad via the famous Grand Trunk Road to show his popularity among the people despite security concerns following a bomb blast in the Punjab province's capital.

At least 5,000 persons are expected to accompany him throughout the journey, and thousands are expected to receive and see off the leader at the borders of their respective constituencies.

Sharif, in recent meetings with party leaders, lawyers and media, has expressed his displeasure over the court ruling.

"The disrespect of the people's mandate is not acceptable", he said but added that he doesn't seek a return to government but the "respect of the people's vote".

He said that most of the PML-N members were of the opinion that party be handed over to Shahbaz Sharif. The PMLN initially named his younger brother Shahbaz as his eventual successor and Shahbaz was set to contest an upcoming by-election to enter Parliament. Talking about the issues faced by country, he said only Pakistan People's Party (PPP) can help bring back the prosperity.

The top court sacked him last month after an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, briefly plunging the nuclear-armed nation into political uncertainty.

Other reports by Insurance News

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