Day 2: Nawaz resumes road show to Lahore
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has today (Thursday) resumed his journey to Lahore from Islamabad via the famous Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) from Kacheri Chowk.
The former prime minister spent last night at Rawalpindi’s Punjab House. The next stop of Nawaz Sharif’s caravan would be Jehlum.
After midnight, Sharif spoke from behind bulletproof glass and lashed out at the court’s ruling. “It is an insult to your vote,” he said, referring to his ouster, as the crowd in front roared. But he told his supporters, “I am going to my home and do not want you to get me restored.”
He said that the people have rejected the decision against the elected Prime Minister, adding that it is time to strengthen democracy in the country. He termed it a dark aspect of history of Pakistan that no Prime Minister was allowed to complete his term.
Sharif said that there is not even a single allegation of corruption against him and he was de-seated for not receiving a salary from his son.
“The objective of the rally is not to restore his seat but for the betterment of the country,” he added.
Sharif denounced the Supreme Court ruling and without offering any details, he said his removal was the result of a conspiracy.
He said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a historic project, which will prove a milestone in development and prosperity of the country, adding that the load-shedding had almost been eliminated in four years and will completely be ended by 2018.
On Wednesday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister of Foreign Affairs Khajawa Asif bid farewell to Nawaz Sharif who embarked on his journey to Lahore road show via the famous Grand Trunk Road (GT Road).
Before embarking on the journey, the former prime minister held a meeting with key party leaders, including Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
It took Sharif’s convoy, consisting of at least 500 vehicles, six hours to reach neighboring Rawalpindi by evening because of the crowds, though the turnout in Rawalpindi was smaller than party leaders had expected.
A large number of people attended a rally and procession in support of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday as he embarked on a show of political power following a Supreme Court decision to disqualify him from office over undeclared assets.
Sharif launched the so-called “caravan” procession from Islamabad to his eastern hometown of Lahore, despite the concerns of advisers about security.
Backers of Sharif danced and showered his vehicle with rose petals as the procession took nine hours to reach Rawalpindi from Islamabad. Sharif’s supporters assaulted the crew of two local TV stations, which have been critical of him during the months of court proceedings.