Nawaz Sharif heads to Lahore in last leg of 'homecoming' rally

Gujranwala speech

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's caravan on Saturday left for Lahore from Gujranwala, where he had stayed overnight after delivering a fiery speech in which he raged against the judges of the Supreme Court.

This is the fourth and last day of his 'homecoming' rally that set off from Islamabad on August 9.

He will pass Kamoke on his way from Gujranwala. The caravan will be joined by a rally from Sialkot, led by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.

Nawaz Sharif's motorcade sets out for Lahore. — Screengrab

Upon reaching Lahore, Sharif will address supporters at Shahdara Chowk and then at Data Darbar, which will be his final stop.

The rally started on Wednesday when Sharif left Punjab House, Islamabad to go to Lahore via Grand Trunk (GT) Road, amid strict security. The former premier's motorcade includes police and elite forces vehicles as well.

Gujranwala speech

On Friday, the third day of his homeward journey, Sharif vowed before a big welcoming crowd to fight back against a “conspiracy” hatched to hinder economic progress and infrastructural development in Pakistan.

“Some people did not like Pakistan’s progress [so they] ousted your elected prime minister on frivolous charges,” he told the mammoth rally along the GT Road in Gujranwala, historically a PML-N stronghold.

PML-N workers had started gathering on the GT Road earlier in the day and the crowd swelled to a huge size by the time Sharif arrived in the city, at around 7pm.

Raging against “conspirators desecrating the sanctity of votes cast by 200 million Pakistanis”, Sharif had asked the crowd whether they supported the Supreme Court’s decision to oust him.

The highly-charged audience shouted, “No.”

Sharif thanked the crowd for their unwavering support and announced that he would remember the rally in Gujranwala for the rest of his life.

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Fuente: DAWN