Sharif 'homecoming'rally heads to Lahore from Gujranwala

Sharif 'homecoming'rally heads to Lahore from Gujranwala

The country's top court disqualified Sharif on July 28 following an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, briefly plunging the nuclear-armed nation into political uncertainty.

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

After being driven 12 hours surrounded by supporters showering his vehicle with rose petals from capital Islamabad to the neighbouring city of Rawalpindi, normally a 30 minute drive, Sharif addressed the crowd shortly after midnight. Although Chaudhry and Aziz were very visible during the Panamagate proceedings in the Supreme Court, it is PML-N stalwarts such as Shehbaz Sharif, Khawaja Asif and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who were conspicuous by their absence.

So, with the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, ruling Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz is technically a party with no head and as per ECP rules, its symbol can not be assigned to any candidate, reported Pakistan Today.

It is the second time in Pakistan's 70-year history that the Supreme Court has disqualified a sitting prime minister.

Kulsoom Nawaz submitted nomination papers with the polls body in Lahore on Friday, said officials from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party, of which Sharif remains the leader.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif spent the night in Gujranwala and after breakfast, he left for Lahore which is considered to be strongest hold of PML-N.




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. "The people should ask them why they ousted Nawaz Sharif when he had done no corruption", he said. "And I will make sure this with the help of masses", he said.

"They have only removed me on paper but they have not removed me from your hearts".

Sharif vowed that he would not sit back home. "Promise me you won't allow your prime minister to be humiliated this way", he said.

"Nawaz Sharif has made a smart move".

Sharif embarked on a roadshow from Islamabad to his ruling party's stronghold Lahore on Wednesday in a show of strength ahead of the crucial general elections next year.

"I don't expect you to reinstate me, but I want you to support me for the betterment of this country".

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