Second Phase: Nawaz Sharif to continue 'homecoming' rally from Rawalpindi

Second Phase: Nawaz Sharif to continue 'homecoming' rally from Rawalpindi

Second Phase: Nawaz Sharif to continue 'homecoming' rally from Rawalpindi

Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday insisted that his removal from office did not mean his future in politics was over, as he plans to go head with a rally this week and fight a legal battle to reverse his disqualification.

Mr Sharif, 67, resigned during his third stint as prime minister after the supreme court ruled on July 28 that he should be disqualified.

"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.

He said the speed of the rally had nothing to do with any security threat.

Sharif will resume his journey to Lahore at around 11.00 am on Thursday and the planning is to reach Gujranwala, which is last big city before Lahore, before end of the day. Sharif is going to go to his hometown of Lahore via the GT Road in the form of a rally, where he will be addressing his supporters at different points during the journey.

"I said that I will drive Nawaz Sharif's auto till Lahore, but some media houses have been running this baseless news on repeat", he complained.

Shortly after the ECP's notification, the PML-N held a high-level meeting of senior party members, including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Dawn newspaper reported.

Within days Sharif's eponymous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had nominated former oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as a new prime minister, with the National Assembly rubber-stamping their choice. No one can be allowed to disgrace people's mandate.

"Does Pakistan's elected prime minister deserve to be removed in such an insulting manner?" he asked. "This needs to change if Pakistan is to progress", said Sharif, who in 1999 was ousted by then Army chief Pervez Musharraf. He said the people have rejected corrupt entities of the past.

A bomb-proof container has been arranged for Nawaz Sharif to lead a rally to Lahore.

Qamar Zaman Kaira of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that there could be around 10,000 people with Sharif.

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.

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