Nawaz Sharif on Friday said the “conspiracies” to remove him from the prime ministerial post began over three years ago.
Sharif said, “Conspiracies to oust me had begun some three and a half years ago and finally they ousted me in humiliated manner. I am not a traitor. I am a patriotic Pakistani.”
Addressing a big gathering at Gujranwala city on his rally to Lahore, 67-year-old Sharif asked his supporters to pledge to come out on the roads with him to ensure the elected prime ministers of Pakistan are not humiliated anymore. A five-member Supreme Court bench last month disqualified Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal.
“Pakistan is an unfortunate country where 18 prime ministers had not been allowed to complete their tenure since partition while three dictators stayed in power for more than 30 years,” he said.
He added that “I will be on roads to make sure the birth of a new Pakistan where the prime minister is not humiliated this way. This tradition of sending premier home should be stopped now. And I will make sure this with the help of masses.”
“I have brought my case to the court of people as I accept their decision. To rule the country is the right of 200m people of the country and not of those individuals who have power.”
He was on the third day of his journey from Islamabad to Lahore via the Grand Trunk (GT) Road to display his political might. According to the schedule of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Sharif is expected to spend the night in Gujranwala. He would leave for Lahore in the morning and is expected to reach there at 4 pm on Saturday.