Pakistani Ousted Prime Minister Starts Rally Procession to Hometown

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Shah Wednesday said Nawaz Sharif has finally chose to connect with the masses but it is now too late for him to benefit from.

Jhelum, roughly another 100 kilometres 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.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said that Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution may be scrapped with the consultation of all parties.

"May Allah keep my brother, my leader & all the participants of rally in His protection -ss", Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of the former Prime Minister wrote in a tweet.

Hours later, Sharif reached the garrison city of Rawalpindi in a sports vehicle and moved to an elaborately equipped container truck that was fitted with beds, air-conditioning and bathroom.

He said a huge number of people were waiting for Mr Sharif along the Grand Trunk Road linking the capital, Islamabad, with Lahore, a distance of about 380 kilometres.

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However, he had to review the decision due to fears that Punjab, which is the power house of the country, would face problems in the absence of Mr Shahbaz as Chief Minister, according to sources in the PML-N. No one can be allowed to disgrace people's mandate. Sharif, in recent meetings with party leaders, lawyers and the media, has expressed his displeasure over the court rulings.

"Does Pakistan's elected prime minister deserve to be removed in such an insulting manner?" he asked.

Sharif was seen off in Islamabad by Abbasi, the new cabinet and other party officials, Sharif's political adviser Asif Kirmani said. "Around 50 percent of the people here are those who have just come to watch the scene", said bystander Nazakat Ali.

Sharif is expected to address a rally in Lahore, the scheduled of which has not been announced yet.

Sharif's rally comes a day after firebrand opposition cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri returned home from overseas despite pending court cases against him in Pakistan.