Deposed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif continued his journey from Islamabad toward his hometown of Lahore on August 10, a trip that appears aimed at displaying his political influence after a Supreme Court decision forced him out late last month.
Initially, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had decided that Sharif's younger brother Shehbaz Sharif would contest election from NA-120 in Lahore, vacated by Sharif, so that he could be appointed as prime minister.
Kulsoom Nawaz on late Thursday signed nomination papers as PML-N has made a decision to field former first lady for by-poll in NA-120 Lahore-III, fell vacant after disqualification of former PM Nawaz Sharif.
Sharif said he wanted to start a debate, in parliament and public, to discuss why no elected prime minister has complete their full term in Pakistan, which has been ruled by army generals for more than half of its 70-year history.
On Monday, a bomb blast ripped through the route Sharif killed two people.
Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif crowd around his auto as his convoy leaves Islamabad, Pakistan August 9, 2017.
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Pakistani Supreme Court has disqualified Sharif on July 28, after a probe into Sharif family's wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump linking Mr Sharif's children to offshore companies.
Sharif, however, said that the procession was not "a protest" but "a journey back home" that he was undertaking because "risks need to be taken for the country".
Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. "I served the masses and me and my party would carry forward this legacy", he said.
Sharif's convoy includes senior party leaders Amir Muqam, Abid Sher Ali, Hanif Abbasi, Marvi Memon and Zaeem Qadri. Prior to his departure from Rawalpindi's Punjab House, the former Prime Minister held a meeting with PML-N officials and expressed anger with the administration over the low turnout of supporters, Dawn newspaper reported.
Later, Nawaz Sharif reached Jhelum where thousands of workers and supporters welcomed their leader.
Lashing out at Nawaz Sharif, Kaira said that though he says there is cases of corruption against him the 15-16 cases against him pertain to corruption.