Nawaz Sharif asks people to guard democratic mandate

Pauline Gross
August 11, 2017

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who replaced Sharif a few days later, hugged the three-time premier as he boarded a vehicle along with his supporters.

But Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified him from office after ruling Mr Sharif had been dishonest in not disclosing his earnings from a Dubai-based company in his nomination papers during the 2013 general election.

Veteran journalist Hamid Mir while challenging former premier, said on Thursday that if Nawaz Sharif was so fearless as claimed by himself then he should reveal the conspirator that ousted him from PM House.

He asked till when will this "joke" of ousting democratically elected prime ministers will go on as "no prime minister has completed their tenure".

Nawaz Sharif slammed the political rivals in his Gujrat address on Friday while the GT Road "homecoming rally". He said the nation had a right to decide about their future and urged people to stand united for progress, peace and stability in the country and ensured that their mandate was respected as he sought their support for a strong Pakistan.Diverging briefly from his line of thought to talk about his opponents, their attempts to thwart his government, and the circumstance surrounding his ouster, Nawaz Sharif also asked the crowd: "Is there any law to tackle dictators in this country?"

Addressing the rally in Gujrat earlier in the day, Sharif questioned the participants if they had accepted the Supreme Court's verdict to depose him from the premiership.

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Sources said Nawaz will offer prayers in Gujrat and also address a gathering of supporters led by the party's local leadership.

Former information minister, Pervaiz Rashid, and top leaders from Sharif's party were seen in his auto as he started the journey.

Two youths, Hamid Ali and Baz Mohammad, who came from the northwestern town of Sawabi to show their solidarity, said they would even sacrifice their life for Sharif. He plans to file a review petition in an effort to get his disqualification reversed.

A boy named Hamid was allegedly killed by the former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Elite Force motorcade on Friday.

Sharif has a history of rocky relations with the military, but since his removal he has exercised restraint in commenting on the sensitive issue of civil-military relations.

The former prime minister had earlier wished that his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif should take the mantle of power after contesting from NA-120 election to become eligible for the coveted post.

Other reports by GizPress

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