Pakistani Ousted Prime Minister Starts Rally Procession to Hometown

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Pakistani Ousted Prime Minister Starts Rally Procession to Hometown

"The court decision was wrong", 24-year-old Malik Arsalan told AFP, voicing his hope that the rallies would propel Sharif to power once more. "The honorable judges sent me home".

On the other hand, a close aide to Nawaz Sharif, Asif Kirmani said that they are unable to give a final time frame for this road show.

Haq made the statement on Tuesday after the Election Commission of Pakistan asked the former prime minister to step down from the party post, after the Supreme Court late in July disqualified him. "But I want you to stand with me for the development and betterment of the country", he said.

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

The former premier was earlier scheduled to travel to Lahore from Islamabad via the famous Grand Trunk Road on Sunday, but the rally was postponed to Wednesday.

But media reports this week said the party appeared to backtrack on the plans, saying the PMLN would likely keep newly elected Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in place until next year's general elections. The PMLN initially named his younger brother Shahbaz as his eventual successor and Shahbaz was set to contest an upcoming by-election to enter Parliament.

Shahbaz is now likely to replace his brother as party chief, since the ousted premier can no longer lead a political party, as Pakistani law bars such roles for any convicted or disqualified person.

He reiterated that neither he and nor any of his family members were involved in corruption.

On July 29, Pakistani Supreme Court chose to remove Sharif following corruption investigation into his family.

Sharif insisted that a larger panel in the court should hear his review petition. Qadri has vowed to get justice for eight supporters killed during anti-government rallies in 2014.

Lashing out at Nawaz Sharif, Kaira said that though he says there is cases of corruption against him the 15-16 cases against him pertain to corruption.

The former prime minister has not visited his hometown and his stronghold, Lahore, since he was disqualified by the Supreme Court last week over the Panama Papers scandal.

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