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Nawaz Sharif Embarks on Rally to Lahore, Likely to Hold Roadshow

Nawaz Sharif Embarks on Rally to Lahore, Likely to Hold Roadshow

Haq said the decision to make Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif the President of PML-N would soon be announced as it had already been decided in the party's consultative meeting, The News International reported.

Haq made the statement on Tuesday after the Election Commission of Pakistan asked the former prime minister to step down from the party post, after the Supreme Court late in July disqualified him.

"Nawaz Sharif is still our prime minister", said worker Niaz Ahmad, who chanted, "Lion, Lion!" referring to the election symbol of Sharif's political party. "The honourable judges sent me home". In a bold move, Sharif climbed on an open stage to deliver the speech instead of addressing his supporters through his bomb-proof special vehicle.

Khan, 64, has pledged to submit to court this week fresh graft charges against Shehbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, who may take over his older brother's former role.

Jamshed Ahmed Khan, a local trader, said the hot weather could not deter them from coming out to support their leader.

"The court of the people of Pakistan has given its verdict in my favour", the PML-N leader said. The roadshow via the iconic Grand Trunk Road, which links a large part of South Asia from Bangladesh to Afghanistan, came despite security threats and drew thousands of Sharif supporters on their way to the provincial capital of Punjab.

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"I leave this for history to determine", said Sharif.

"As the rally gets closer to Lahore, it will surpass all other jalsas of the past".

He told the media that he had never tried to create anarchy in the country - be it the days of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf sit-in outside Parliament, attempts to lock down the capital or matters relating to the Panama Papers case.

It was here that Nawaz addressed his supporters for the first time since the rally had kicked-off, stating that his disqualification by the Supreme Court in the Panamagate case was an "insult" to his voters.

Khan - relaxing at a hilltop government residence in a white collared shirt, jogging trousers and orange Nike running shoes - said corruption, money laundering and rampant debt accumulation remained the largest obstacles to growing Pakistan's economy.

Nawaz resigned last month after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a small source of income - something he rejects receiving.