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On second day, Nawaz Sharif's rally gets mixed response

Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif
Christy Curtis | 12 August, 2017, 00:36

On the second day of Nawaz Sharif's rally, the ousted prime minister's convoy suddenly sped up soon after leaving Rawalpindi on Thursday, creating confusion and fuelling speculations.

"A 13-year-old boy who had came to see the rally was hit by a vehicle in the convoy", Sajid Ali, head of the local Lalamusa police station, told AFP.

"NA-120 will prove to be Waterloo for (Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief) Imran Khan and other opponents of Nawaz Sharif", Kirmani was quoted as saying by the report.

Sharif, also nicknamed the Lion of Punjab, addressed the crowd from a makeshift stage behind bulletproof glass, his voice hoarse but bold as he insisted his conscience was "clean". He said that due to the wonderful policies of Nawaz Sharif, the country is fast moving towards prosperity and development.

The convoy is surrounded by heavy security, with fears lingering after a truck bomb exploded in Lahore on Monday, killing one person and injuring dozens. Jehlum, roughly another 100 kilometers 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.

While serving as the country's Prime Minister in 1993, Sharif was sacked by the then-president over graft allegations, while in 1999 he was ousted in a military coup.

"The Supreme Court should do justice to Sharif and restore him", he told AFP.

Within days of Sharif's ouster the PML-N nominated former oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as a new prime minister, with the National Assembly rubber-stamping their choice.

Kulsoom Nawaz will contest the seat that was left vacant after her husband was disqualified from office by the country's Supreme Court for concealing assets.

People had given mandate through their votes to Nawaz Sharif for the five year term, he added.

But the name of Shahbaz was apparently withdrawn after some senior party members apprehended that the PML-N could stand to lose its grip in Punjab in the absence of the younger Sharif.

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