Pakistan’s deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif began two days of rallies Wednesday in a move aimed at demonstrating his political strength, making stops from the capital Islamabad to his hometown of Lahore, ignoring security threats.
Sharif plans to spend at least two nights along Grand Trunk Road, the main road from Islamabad to Lahore, during his first public appearances since July 28, when the country’s Supreme Court disqualified him from serving for concealing his assets.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party — who replaced Sharif days after his removal from office — hugged the three-time premier as he boarded a vehicle along with his supporters.
Asif Kirmani, a lawmaker from Sharif’s party, said vehicles carrying supporters will pass through Islamabad’s key road before entering the nearby garrison city of Rawalpindi. From there the rally will continue on the main road leading to Lahore.
The rally comes a day…
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