ECP asks PML-N to replace Nawaz Sharif as party leader

It is responsibility of all stakeholders to protect democracy Nawaz

Sharif's "caravan" took 12 hours to travel the 20 kilometers from Islamabad to Rawalpindi due to big crowds estimated as large as 30,000 that were walking and driving alongside his auto.

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. On Thursday, he began the second leg of his "homecoming rally" after leaving Rawalpindi's Punjab House.

Shortly after the ECP's notification was issued, DawnNews reported that the PML-N was holding a high-level meeting of senior party members, including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar.

"We will work with Afghanistan for security and stability in the region", Abbasi said, adding that terrorism was a common enemy and "we will work together to eliminate this menace from the region". Sharif launched the so-called "caravan" procession from Islamabad to his hometown of Lahore, amidst concerns regarding his security.

"The disrespect of the people's mandate is not acceptable", he said but added that he doesn't seek a return to government but the "respect of the people's vote".

"I have not come here to ask you to make me Prime Minister again".

Opposition parties were not convinced about the numbers.




Addressing a press conference here, Kaira who is president of PPP Central Punjab said that Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the apex court of the country over his name in the Panamagate. And Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said that Sharif failed to bring out people and the rally was already a "flop show".

Samaa TV cited the government as saying up to 1,000 vehicles and 6,000 people had joined the procession by 2.30 p.m. local time (0930GMT).

Sharif was expected to stay put at Rawalpindi tonight and resume his journey tomorrow morning from the garrison city.

"I can not tell you when we will reach Lahore". "How many metros has Mrs Nawaz Sharif built?"

"I never said that I will drive Nawaz Sharif's auto till Lahore, but some media houses have been running this baseless news on repeat", he complained. The general elections in Pakistan are due next year. The former prime minister also planned to deliver speeches at key places during the journey.

The court termed the salary which was not paid to Sharif as an "asset".

Sharif also announced that he respects the decision despite serious reservations.

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