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People giving warm welcome to Nawaz Sharif for serving country: Saad

People giving warm welcome to Nawaz Sharif for serving country: Saad

The wife of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been nominated to contest his seat, the ruling party said Friday. "The court decision was wrong", 24-year-old Malik Arsalan told AFP, voicing his hope that the rallies would propel Sharif to power once more.

Sharif, also nicknamed the Lion of Punjab, addressed the crowd from a makeshift stage behind bulletproof glass, his voice hoarse but bold as he insisted his conscience was "clean".

Sharif travelled from the garrison city of Rawalpindi to Ayub Park with his convoy but then separated from the other vehicles shortly after 2 pm. The convoy was surrounded by heavy security, with fears lingering after a truck bomb exploded in Lahore on Monday, killing one person and injuring dozens.

Pakistan's ousted premier Nawaz Sharif. Jehlum, roughly another 100 kilometers down the road, is still less than a third of the way to Lahore, where Sharif hopes to bring tens of thousands onto the streets.

Supporters gathered in Gujrat voiced frustration over the ex-prime minister's ouster. Although Chaudhry and Aziz were very visible during the Panamagate proceedings in the Supreme Court, it is PML-N stalwarts such as Shehbaz Sharif, Khawaja Asif and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who were conspicuous by their absence.

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It is the second time in Pakistan's 70-year history that the Supreme Court has disqualified a sitting prime minister.

Kalsoom Nawaz will run in the National Assembly by-election in northeastern Lahore next month for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

The former prime minister had earlier announced his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif's name as the party candidate.

When asked about Kulsoom's candidacy, Rashid said that the difference between them is that she is a "hardworking middle-class woman who will represent the ordinary people of the country", whereas Kulsoom comes from what her daughter, Maryam Nawaz, has called the "ruling family".

The Dawn said that given the controversial circumstances in which Sharif was judicially ousted by the top court, it was inevitable that the PML-N would seek to demonstrate support for its leader.


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