Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Deposed Pakistani PM calls for 'revolution' in talk to crowd

PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid met Imran Khan after extensive door-to-door political campaign PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid met Imran Khan after extensive door-to-door political campaign
Lillian Steele | 13 August, 2017, 01:08

Kulsoom Nawaz will contest the seat that was left vacant after her husband was disqualified from office by the country's Supreme Court for concealing assets.

In a statement in Lahore on Saturday, he said we will continue our journey started under the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Following the apex court's verdict, the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) announced Punjab Chief Minister and Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shehbaz Sharif as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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.

According to media reports, as many as 35 candidates have filed nomination papers for the by-poll scheduled to be held on September 17.

Nawaz Sharif embarked on an on-the-road rally on Wednesday from Islamabad, heading to his hometown of Lahore.

Nawaz said he had presented his case in the court of people, as they had made him the prime minister.

Sharif was the 15th prime minister in Pakistan's 70-year history-roughly half of which has been spent under military rule-to be ousted before completing a full term.

"Nawaz Sharif is still our prime minister", said worker Niaz Ahmad, who wore a lion look-alike costume and chanted, "Lion, Lion!" referring to the election symbol of Sharif's political party. "Isn't it a disgrace to the people of Pakistan that 5 judges ousted the PM who you had voted to power? I need your support to ensure respect of the people's vote and civilian supremacy", he said. "One of them (Gen Pervez Musharraf) went out for medical treatment of his backache but never came back to face cases", he said. "Wait for my call to join me in the struggle against such elements as have disgraced the democratic right of the people", he said. "There are no allegations of corruption against me".

"I am going home and I do not want you to get me restored". Someone tell me why I was ousted. While Pakistan Peoples Party's Faisal Mir, Zubair Kardar, Azizur Rehman Chan and Sajida Mir, PPP Shaheed Bhutto Group's Shakeel Gilani, Jamat-e-Islami's Zikrullah Mujahid and Pakistan Awami Tehreek's Ishtiaq Chaudhry submitted their nomination papers.

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