Nawaz Sharif's namesake submits nomination papers for Lahore by-election

Marie Harrington
August 13, 2017

The parliament seat fell vacant after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif in Supreme Court Panama case verdict in July.

But Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court last year for not being honest about his assets, remained unfazed by any of this and insisted the rally was the first step to bringing his party back to power in next year's general elections.

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 by-poll is scheduled to be held on September 17.

The former premier is now leading a procession from Islamabad to Lahore, the capital of Punjab province and the PML-N's seat of power.

Family politics in Pakistan is common and like PML-N, which is dominated by Sharif family, the main opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is run by Bhutto family.

He said that the gathering of the people in different areas was the testimony that Nawaz Sharif was still prime minister of the hearts of the people and he was still ruling in their hearts and minds.

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The motorcade of Pakistan's former prime minister hit and killed a 13-year-old boy at a rally where Nawaz Sharif was protesting his recent disqualification from office.

Raja Zafarul Haq, senior PML-N leader, told the media that Shehbaz Sharif, 65, would be the new president of the PML-N.

Nawaz also pledged his loyalty to the public and said that he would never betray them. There were no charges of corruption or kickbacks on me. "I am a patriotic Pakistani", Sharif said.

Nawaz asked the people, "I don't expect you to reinstate me, but I want you to support me for the betterment of this country".

Addressing a huge crowd in Gujranwala, he asked the people if they accepted the court decision against him and declared their "no" to be a referendum in his favour. "Promise me you won't allow your prime minister to be humiliated this way", he said.

He was greeted by supporters lining up on the both sides of road as he came out of the Punjab House in Islamabad on Wednesday, making it impossible for his motorcade to move. "And I will make sure this with the help of masses", he said.

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