Nawaz will file a review petition over SC's decision: PM

It is responsibility of all stakeholders to protect democracy Nawaz

Last month, Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Paper leak case after an investigative panel concluded his family's assets exceeded their income, effectively ousting him from office and barring him from electoral politics for five years. However, he had to review the decision due to fears that Punjab, which is the power house of the country, would face problems in the absence of Mr Shahbaz as Chief Minister, according to sources in the PML-N.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shafqat Mahmood claimed that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is distributing pamphlets against the judiciary, Samaa reported.

The Punjab law minister said that Nawaz Sharif lived in hearts of workers and this spirit to be remembered for decades.

The poll panel said that Article 15 of the PML-N's own party constitution stipulates that if the seat of party President is vacant, it is to be filled within one week's time.

"Even those judges said Nawaz Sharif didn't indulge in corruption", he thundered, and asked people to question why their leader was disqualified when he was not involved in corruption.

Sharif's supporters showered rose petals on his vehicle and waved national and party flags, chanting: "My Lion, your lion, Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif" - the lion was Sharif's election symbol when he won the 2013 vote.

Qamar Zaman Kaira of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said that there could be around 10,000 people with Sharif. He has also planned to deliver speeches at important places during the rally.

Many lining the route had Wednesday voiced frustration with Pakistan's political elite - but in Jhelum Thursday, Sharif found support.

At least 5,000 persons are expected to accompany him throughout the journey, and thousands are expected to receive and see off the leader at the borders of their respective constituencies.

Several other smaller rallies joined Sharif's on the way.

Sharif, 67, embarked on a roadshow from Islamabad to his ruling party's stronghold Lahore yesterday in a show of strength ahead of the crucial general elections next year.

"I'm selling sunglasses here because wearing these makes you look like a big leader, or a politician, and people seem to like that", said Abrar Hussain, 45.

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