Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s ‘homecoming’ rally reached Gujrat on Friday, on its third day after it set off from Punjab House, Islamabad for Lahore via GT Road.
After an overnight stay in Jhelum where the former PM had addressed a crowd of thousands of supporters, his convoy set out on its way again and reached Gujrat in the afternoon.
As has been the case throughout his journey, he was greeted there with hundreds of party activists and supporters, showing their leader with rose petals.
Nawaz is expected to address party workers there following Friday prayers.
In Thursday night’s address to his supporters in Jhelum, a defiant Nawaz criticised the judiciary for forcing him to quit as prime minister, saying it was an ‘insult’ to 200 million people of Pakistan that their elected leader was unceremoniously ousted with a single stroke of a pen.
“There is no charge of corruption or embezzlement against me. May I ask why I have been ousted?” the former prime minister said.
On July 28, the Supreme Court of Pakistan investigating the Panama Papers case had disqualified Nawaz for not declaring complete assets in 2013 when he ran for the National Assembly.
Speaking from an open stage on Thursday night, Nawaz said it was pity that none of the prime ministers in the 70-year history of the country had been allowed to complete their tenure.
“Every prime minister in this country was given one-and-a-half-year tenure, on average, to govern. Some were executed, some jailed, some handcuffed, and some exiled,” he said.
On the other hand, dictators were allowed to rule for decades and the judges even allowed them to rule, Nawaz said.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader had set out in a convoy from Islamabad on Wednesday to head to his hometown Lahore via GT Road in a bid to show that party’s political strength after Nawaz’s ouster.
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