Sharif 'homecoming'rally heads to Lahore from Gujranwala

Imran Khan believes that Nawaz Sharif is protesting against the Supreme Court verdict against him

Imran Khan believes that Nawaz Sharif is protesting against the Supreme Court verdict against him

Sharif, who left Islamabad on Wednesday in a rally to reach his hometown Lahore to protest against his disqualification, said nowhere in the world is a prime minister ousted the way he is in Pakistan.

Sharif is now holding rallies across Punjab, where the city of Lahore - the Sharif family's home town - is the provincial capital.

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

But the name of Shahbaz was apparently withdrawn after some senior party members apprehended that the PML-N could stand to lose its grip in Punjab in the absence of the younger Sharif.

"What is unnecessary, undesirable and faintly undemocratic is for the party in government at the Centre and in Punjab to seemingly abandon all governance priorities to cheer on Sharif".

Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted by Supreme Court (SC) under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution in Panama Leaks case, on Friday resumed his "homecoming rally" towards Lahore via Grand Trunk Road after a stopover in Jhelum.

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Kulsoom did not appear in person before the returning officer at the Election Commission of Pakistan's office here and Asif Kirmani and Captain (r) Safdar along with their lawyers filed her papers that also include details of assets owned by her and her family members along with other documents required as per rules.

As at previous stops along the route, Sharif railed against the court's decision, insisting his conscience was "clean" against allegations of corruption.

It might sound silly as to why Kulsoom Nawaz would not be able to use the election symbol of the party that nominated it as its candidate but a legal formality bars usage of "lion" symbol after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister. "One of them (Gen Pervez Musharraf) went out for medical treatment of his backache but never came back to face cases", he said. "I was removed in a minute", he said.

"May I ask why I was ousted?"

Kalsoom Nawaz will run in the National Assembly by-election in northeastern Lahore next month for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Nawaz Sharif made Pakistan a nuclear power, he said adding Nawaz Sharif was protector of jobs of the youth. "If you hold these people accountable for their deeds now then Pakistan will surely survive", he said.

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