With deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif all set to kick off his Lahore journey via GT Road, her daughter Maryam Nawaz seeks God’s protection for her father.
Willing to accompany her father to Lahore on his ‘homegoing’ rally, Maryam was forced to leave Islamabad for Lahore a day earlier given the security concerns.
However, before separating with her father, Maryam took to twitter, praying for her father’s safety and security.
“Abu [Nawaz Sharif] seeing off as we leave for Lahore…. Entrusted my beloved to Allah… May Allah protection him from all evils,” Maryam tweeted on Tuesday as the former premier defied potential security threats and decided to use GT Road instead of M-2 Motorway to reach Lahore.
This is for the first time Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified on July 28 by the Supreme Court for concealing assets in his nomination papers for 2013 elections, is leading a rally of his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which is expected to be joined by thousands of his loyalists.
Respecting her father’s decision for not taking her along, Maryam said she wanted to join him but he refused. “His [Nawaz’s] word is the last for me.”
According to interior ministry sources, the ousted premier will only be allowed to leave his car after security clearance.
Nawaz will embark on the Lahore journey in a bulletproof vehicle and is also scheduled to address his supporters at some point during his journey.
Besides snipers on rooftops along the rally’s route, Section 144 will also be imposed to avoid any untoward incident.
Further, in an advisory, the owners of restaurants and hotels on the rally’s route have been asked to keep their businesses closed.
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