A few conspired to oust democratic government in Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif


The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the people are inseparable, and their relationship of love can not be dented by the negative politics of the opponents. "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.

He has called the rallies a "democracy caravan".

Addressing the rally in Gujrat earlier in the day, Sharif questioned the participants if they had accepted the Supreme Court's verdict to depose him from the premiership.

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.

Sharif hopes to bring tens of thousands more into the streets in Lahore but it is not yet known when he will arrive in the Punjabi capital.

Sharif, 67, said that it was pity that none of the prime ministers in the 70-year history of the country have been allowed to complete their tenure.

Supporters gathered in Gujrat voiced frustration over the ex-prime minister's ouster. The top court sacked him last month after an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, briefly plunging the nation into political uncertainty.

Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders - Asif Kirmani and Capt. (retd) Muhammad Safdar - filed Kulsoom's nominations papers in the election commission on Friday.

He was originally seen a placeholder for Sharif's younger brother, Shahbaz, who is chief minister of Punjab.

She said that she is a hard-working woman and belongs to a middle class family whereas Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is being reported to have been nominated as PML-N's candidate for NA-120, belongs to the ruling Sharif family.

After her husband's incarceration following the military coup by Gen Pervez Musharraf in 1999, Kulsoom had successfully led the party, though she never contested elections.

In the meantime, a 55-year-old person was also killed when he was hit by motorcyclist that he was going home after attending Sharif's rally.