Aug.12: Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif's cavalcade left for Lahore from Gujranwala on Saturday.
"It is an insult to 20 crore people of Pakistan".
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif continued a slow, defiant procession down the Grand Trunk Road on Thursday, inching closer to his stronghold of Lahore in a bid to rally supporters after his ouster.
"There is no charge of corruption or embezzlement".
"I was not involved in any corruption", the disqualified prime minister re-asserted.
Also, no Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five-year elected term. "Some were executed, some jailed, some handcuffed, and some exiled", he said.
"Then why I have been ousted", the 67-year-old veteran politician said.
The apex court ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file a reference against the accused in an accountability court in six weeks, directing for the trial to be concluded within six months.
Nawaz also pledged his loyalty to the public and said that he would never betray them.
Sharif said in his Gujrat speech he would personally visit the boy's home "and try to help his family for life".
"This country can not go like this". Although Chaudhry and Aziz were very visible during the Panamagate proceedings in the Supreme Court, it is PML-N stalwarts such as Shehbaz Sharif, Khawaja Asif and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who were conspicuous by their absence.
"We have to make sure that the mandate of the people is respected in the future".
Sharif said that across his journey he saw that citizens had not accepted his disqualification and asked his supporters to await his next move, without elaborating.
Sharif launched the so-called "caravan" procession from Islamabad to his eastern hometown of Lahore, despite the concerns of advisers about security.
Earlier, Sharif started his journey from Rawalpindi this afternoon after overnight stay in the garrison city.
Family politics in Pakistan is common and like PML-N, which is dominated by Sharif family, the main opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is run by Bhutto family.
Yasim Rashid, a doctor by profession contested General Elections in 2013 from the same seat against Nawaz Sharif bagging 52,354 votes in contrast to 91, 683 votes of former.
Yesterday, he resumed his travel from Rawalpindi and reached Jhelum in the evening and addressed an even bigger rally there.
He asked the people to make a pledge to guard their mandate so that elected representative are not removed through undemocratic ways. "Promise me you won't allow your prime minister to be humiliated this way", he said.