The wife of Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will contest the parliamentary seat left vacant after her husband was deposed by the country's top court last month, a party official said Friday. "I was removed in a minute", he said.
According to the scheduled of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Sharif is expected to spend the night in Gujranwala.
"You voted for me and "five honourable" (judges) with a single stroke of pen sent me home", 67-year-old Sharif told his supporters in Jhelum on the second day of his journey from Islamabad to Lahore via the Grand Trunk (GT) Road.
Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law echoed similar sentiments, terming the child's loss "a sacrifice for Pakistan" while noting that "millions of others had also sacrificed their lives during Pakistan's creation".
He said that after the disqualification of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, Nawaz Sharif welcomed the decision, saying that there is no law of the jungle in the country, now today he wants to bring back the same law from his rally of patwaris and government employees. "There are no allegations of corruption against me". "Did they oust me because Pakistan was progressing and the poor were getting employment". "This system in Pakistan should be changed which is destroying the country for last 70 years", he stated. This has prompted Sharif to ask them to stand by him.
Addressing the participants of the rally in Muridke, Nawaz Sharif thanked them for their love and asked them whether they accept the SC verdict of disqualifying him. He said that no one could oust him from people's hearts.
Lahore is only five hours' drive from Islamabad, but Sharif's convoy made three overnight stops, breaking up the journey with addresses to supporters in a display of street power against the court judgment. "Wait for my call to join me in the struggle against such elements as have disgraced the democratic right of the people", he said. "You know that I am innocent so please promise me [residents of Shahdara] that you will support me", he added.
It might sound silly as to why Kulsoom Nawaz would not be able to use the election symbol of the party that nominated it as its candidate but a legal formality bars usage of "lion" symbol after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister.
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