Why did Nawaz Sharif's convoy speed off ahead of the rally?

Friday, 11 Aug, 2017

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.

In his address to PML-N leaders, Sharif appreciated his younger brother and said he was the pride of Pakistan and Punjab as he made the province a model of development.

Addressing Nawaz Kaira said that he was sent home by a bench of the apex court that comprised five judges.

Talking about development projects, Nawaz Sharif said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a historic project, which will prove a milestone in development and prosperity of the country.

On July 29, Pakistani Supreme Court chose to remove Sharif following corruption investigation into his family. He also urged the cabinet ministers to fully cooperate with the Prime Minister.

Asif Kirmani, Sharif's spokesman, said "a sea of people" welcomed Sharif.

Qamar Zaman Kaira of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that there could be around 10,000 people with Sharif. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reiterated Pakistan's resolve to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of people of Indian Occupied Kashmir for their right of self-determination.

"As the rally gets closer to Lahore, it will surpass all other jalsas of the past".

Sharif, 67, embarked on a roadshow from Islamabad to his ruling party's stronghold Lahore yesterday in a show of strength ahead of the crucial general elections next year.

Stressing upon the preparation of a new charter of democracy, which could include subjects like ethics and economy, he said that all political parties should be included in the charter. PML-N leaders are in the process of making arrangements for more supporters to attend the rally, and as the convoy sets off towards Lahore once again.

He has not visited Lahore, his hometown, since his ouster from the government.

The rally picked up speed and passed Gujar Khan after a brief halt where the ex-PM delivered a speech. Sharif also announced that he respects the decision despite serious reservations.