Nawaz Sharif calls for revolution as Lahore trek ends

Nawaz Sharif calls for revolution as Lahore trek ends
From Al Jazeera - August 12, 2017

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for "a change and revolution" as he ended a four-day procession from Islamabad to Lahore.

Addressing tens of thousands of supporters in his party's eastern stronghold on Saturday, Sharif criticised the Supreme Court for his ouster, saying he would "not sit at home now" and would "change the fate of the country".

His removal last month for concealing assets has plunged the nuclear-armed nation into political uncertainty.

On Wednesday, Sharif set off on a 370km journey in an armoured vehicle, in a display of street power against the court judgment.

Thousands came to catch a glimpse of the former leader as his convoy rolled down the Grand Trunk Road, a more than 2,000-year-old trade route which leads from Chittagong in Bangladesh across India and Pakistan to the Afghan capital Kabul.

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Speaking at the famous Data Darbar, a well-known Sufi shrine, Sharif said that across his journey he saw that citizens had not accepted his disqualification. He asked his supporters to await his next move, without elaborating.

Citing his accomplishments, Sharif asked why a prime minister was disqualified when he was moving the country toward progress.


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