Nawaz’s ‘homecoming rally’ continues journey towards Lahore after Jhelum stopover

JHELUM (Sarzameen News)- Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted by Supreme Court (SC) under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution in Panama Leaks case, has resumed his ‘homecoming rally’ towards Lahore on third day today (Friday) after a stopover in Jhelum.
Reports said that Nawaz Sharif’s cavalcade will reach Gujranwala, where it would likely to have an overnight stay and will then leave for Lahore on Saturday morning.

Thousands of PML-N supporters thronged the GT Road to express solidarity and love for their ousted leader whereas camps have also been formed all along the way.

Nawaz spent the night at Tulip Hotel, located on the bank of Jhelum River, on the second day of his ‘homecoming rally’, following his disqualification by the Supreme Court on July 28.

Local leaders of the PML-N, along with supporters, and security staff amassed at the venue and left in Nawaz’s cavalcade.

Senior party leaders Pervaiz Rasheed, Saad Rafique, Amir Muqam and Abid Sher Ali, among others, are accompanying Nawaz.

Talking to media, PML-N leader and state minister Talal Chaudhry confirmed that Nawaz will be spending the night in Gujranwala and heading to Lahore tomorrow.

On second day of the rally, addressing his supporters in Jhelum on Thursday evening, Nawaz said he is not greedy for power but wants to change Pakistan for the better.

He added that he was working towards bringing peace and prosperity to the country.

The former premier said it was the people’s mandate which brought him to power and he was ousted “in a minute”.

“Now, five honoured judges, ousted a democratically elected prime minister with the stroke of a pen in a minute,” said Nawaz.

“There was no corruption, there was no wrong doing.

“You choose a prime minister by voting for him, but then a judge or a military dictator tears up your vote. This needs to change if Pakistan is to progress,” said Nawaz.

“The average for a democratically elected prime minister in Pakistan is a year and a half. Dictators rule the country for 10 years but a prime minister can not even complete his tenure.

“Is any court to punish dictators, dictators who have violated the Constitution,” questioned the former premier.

After addressing his supporters, Nawaz held a meeting of PML-N leaders to discuss the future course of action.

Earlier, Nawaz’s convoy departed Rawalpindi and entered Jhelum.

Though the former premier’s convoy took a while to cross Katcheri Chowk, Rawalpindi, once through, it whizzed out of the garrison city, crossing Rawat and the GT Road towns that follow.

Nawaz began the second leg of his ‘homecoming rally’ after leaving in his cavalcade from Punjab House, Rawalpindi on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the former premier set out from Punjab House, Islamabad after deciding to go home to Lahore via the GT Road earlier.

We have to change Pakistan, respect public’s mandate: Sharif

The amassing of supporters, however, could only get him as far as Rawalpindi, forcing him to spend Wednesday night in the city.

After being disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 in its verdict in the Panama Papers case, Nawaz has gone to the ‘people’s court’ to seek their verdict.

Addressing supporters at Rawalpindi late Wednesday night, he took a pledge from the people that they would get their mandate respected.

“Promise me you would get your mandate respected. Promise me you won’t allow your prime minister to be humiliated this way,” he stated.

“If you do not protect your rights, they will continue to be snatched away from you,” he told his supporters.

“The judges said there is no corruption case against Nawaz Sharif, so why was I disqualified? I leave this for history to determine,” noted the three-time premier.

Earlier, the former prime minister’s caravan entered Rawalpindi surrounded by scores of supporters.

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