Football star Lionel Messi was spotted in a rally supporting ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the latter journeyed his way home to the eastern city of Lahore. On Thursday, he began the second leg of his "homecoming rally" after leaving Rawalpindi's Punjab House.
But media reports this week said the party appeared to backtrack on the plans, saying the PML-N would likely keep newly elected Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in place until next year's general elections.
The ECP also observed that Article 15 of the PML-N's own party constitution says that if the seat of party president is vacant, it is to be filled within one week's time.
"It is people's trust that inspires Nawaz Sharif".
At least 5,000 persons are expected to accompany him throughout the journey, and thousands are expected to receive and see off the leader at the borders of their respective constituencies. "Make a promise me that you would get your mandate respected".
Pakistan will celebrate 70 years of independence from British rule on August 14, but the country has never had a full term prime minister with numerous governments being interrupted by military coups, judicial disqualification, or presidential decree.
"If you do not protect your rights, they will continue to be snatched away from you", Sharif told his supporters.
The court announced its verdict in connection with the Panama Papers case. He said Sharif will address the crowd and then spend the night at a lodge.
Later, the name of Shahbaz was apparently withdrawn after some senior party members apprehended that in the absence of younger Sharif from Punjab not only the pace of ongoing mega projects in the province would be affected but the party's energies would also be diverted to his election. He said he was not struggling for his restoration. Yesterday, it took him more than 12 hours to cover about 30 km distance which takes about half an hour under normal circumstances.
Sharif resigned on July 28, shortly after the Supreme Court disqualified him from office following an investigation that concluded that his family could not account for what the court said was vast wealth in offshore companies.