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Nawaz Sharif begins roadshow via iconic GT Road in show of strength

10 August 2017

But now Sharif says his party won't replace Abbasi with his brother.

Sharif, however, was not happy with the number of supporters at the rally. "Security is an issue, though elaborate measures havebeen taken to make the journey free of any risk", a PML-Nleader said.

Sharif, 67, resigned during his third stint as prime minister after the Supreme Court ruled on July 28 he should be disqualified and ordered a criminal probe into his family over allegations stemming from the "Panama Papers" leaks of worldwide offshore companies.

Questions have also been raised about the absence of familiar PML-N faces from the rally, who could possibly have drawn a greater crowd of supporters than relatively new faces such as Talal Chaudhry and Daniyal Aziz. The fact that this decision was taken at all points to a condition of Pakistani politics: whoever is allowed to stump freely for elections wins.

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Both leaders resolved to work together to address the challenge of energy in the region and improve the economic conditions in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The rally is all set to embark on the second leg of its journey from the Punjab House. Sharif said he would stay the night there before continuing towards Lahore, where he hopes to bring tens of thousands into the streets in a show of force. He criticised the apex court verdict, saying the judges said there was no charge of corruption, then asked why he had been disqualified if there is no case of misappropriation.

Sharif, 67, resigned during his third stint as prime minister after the Supreme Court ruled on July 28 that he should be disqualified and ordered a criminal probe into his family over allegations stemming from the "Panama Papers" leaks of worldwide offshore companies.

Earlier today, the former PM, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court over undeclared assets, resumed his rally from Rawalpindi's Katchery Chowk. He has criticised Sharif's roadshow.

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Authorities, however, estimated that up to 8,500 people and 950 vehicles were part of the procession.

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.

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.

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Nawaz Sharif begins roadshow via iconic GT Road in show of strength