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A Few conspired to oust democratic govt in Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif

A Few conspired to oust democratic govt in Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif

Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Friday filed her nomination papers for by-poll to the NA-120 seat that fell vacant after her husband's disqualification on July 28 by the Supreme Court.

The incident enraged the local resident who later raised slogans against Nawaz Sharif.

Addressing a big gathering at Gujranwala city on his rally to Lahore, 67-year-old Sharif asked his supporters to pledge to come out on the roads with him to ensure the elected prime ministers of Pakistan are not humiliated anymore.

Last month, Sharif was disqualified by a five-member Supreme Court bench for dishonesty.

On Tuesday, the Election Commission, through a notice, told the PML-N that Nawaz Sharif can not lead the party after disqualification under the Political Parties Order 2002.

Pakistan's new prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a close Sharif ally, said the former leader was alert to security threats.

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"Nawaz Sharif is still our prime minister", said worker Niaz Ahmad, who wore a lion look-alike costume and chanted, "Lion, Lion!" referring to the election symbol of Sharif's political party. He also criticised PML-N's GT Road "homecoming rally" saying no senior leader of the ruling party took part in it. "If I was corrupt then I would have been ashamed", he said.

"They have only removed me on paper but they have not removed me from your hearts".

Observers say with Kalsoom's nomination for the parliament seat, Sharif intends to seek the dominant role of his family in politics and try to retain his traditional parliament seat in Lahore.

Mr Sharif added: "I want to ask why they ousted me. Wait for my call to join me in the struggle against such elements as have disgraced the democratic right of the people", he said.

Sharif's political caravan slowly made its way into the rural areas of Punjab province en route to his hometown of Lahore. "Promise me you won't allow your prime minister to be humiliated this way", he said.

Kulsoom did not appear in person before the returning officer at the Election Commission of Pakistan's office here and Asif Kirmani and Captain (r) Safdar along with their lawyers filed her papers that also include details of assets owned by her and her family members along with other documents required as per rules.


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