Live Updates: Public didn’t accept the verdict of SC: Nawaz

August 10, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

The former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will stay the night at Punjab House in Rawalpindi. The rally will begin again tomorrow at 11AM.

He also condemned the attack that took place on the crew of SAMAA TV.

Nawaz Sharif said conspiracies continued against his government which was not allowed to work for four years as sit-ins were staged and then the Panama Papers case was started.

Sharif asked the question that, when would be the respect of public mandate?

"It has happened for the third time to me that I was removed like this. First time I was sent home after two and a half years and second time in 1999 I was handcuffed and sent into forced exile for seven years." he added.

Referring to the judicial verdict, Sharif said there is no case of financial corruption against me. Not even a charge. I’ve been dismissed for not claiming salary from the company of my son.

Sharif said Rawalpindi is the city of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz.

Nawaz Sharif  said that public did not accept the verdict of Supreme Court against Nawaz Sharif. He said the history will remember the decision of Supreme Court.

Nawaz Sharif addressing workers at Committee Chowk

21: 00: Khawaja Saad Rafique speaks to the participants of the rally

19: 30: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to spend the night at Punjab House in Rawalpindi. The caravan will leave for Jhelum on Thursday morning.

According to reports, the ousted prime minister will address his workers at Committee Chowk.

18: 20: Leading a sizable political rally, former Prime Minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif entered the city at 5 pm.

The rally started its journey for Lahore from Punjab House Islamabad at forenoon and will pass through various cities and towns along the historic Grand Trunk Road commonly known as G.T. Road.

The party workers gave a warm welcome to their leader and showered rose petals.

The city police has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure safety of the rally participants which includes marchers and those onboard vehicles carrying placards and party flags.

A large number of PML-N workers had converged at various points to welcome their leader. The supporters had gathered at Faizabad, Committee Chowk, Kutchery Chowk, Sowan and Rawat on G.T.Road.

A stage has been set up at Committee Chowk where the PML-N leaders will address their workers and supporters which will be the caravan's first stop on way to the provincial capital city.

Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, former MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, Mayor Rawalpindi Sardar Muhammad Naseem, Inspector General of Punjab Police Arif Nawaz and City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Abbasi visited different points on Murree Road to check security arrangements.


Rana Sanaullah, during the visit issued various directions to further improve the security arrangements, besides opening of various entry points of Murree Road thus enabling people to join the caravan.

The CPO Rawalpindi informed that over 4000 police personnel including Elite Force Commandos have been deployed along the route of the rally.

City Traffic Police have also devised a special traffic plan for the rally. Motorists not part of the rally have been directed to use alternate routes to reach their respective destinations.

To deal with any emergent situation, the health department has put all city hospitals on high alert. Ambulances, medicines, doctors and paramedical staff were put on standby.

17: 30: A rally being led by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reached Faizabad, where large numbers of PML-N workers have gathered to greet their beloved leader.

Thousands of PML-N workers and supporters continued joining Muhammad Nawaz Sharif-led rally as a mammoth crowd reached Faizabad, the juncture of Punjab and federal capital.


Processions reached capital from different adjoining cities and joined the main rally at this point taking the tally to
thousands in support of their deposed premier.

The rally took almost five hours to reach Faizabad, covering a distance of around 15-kilometer, which is normally covered in just 20 to 25 minutes. The size of the rally is surging after every stop-over as more and more party workers are becoming its part.

Chanting slogans in favour of Nawaz Sharif, dancing on party songs, carrying placards and party-flags, enthusiastic PML-N workers moved along the caravan extending full support to their beloved leader.

Former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif waived to party workers and responded to their support and slogans. Foolproof security arrangements have been made for the rally during its voyage within the capital territory.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif was seen off by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, cabinet members and party leaders. He will travel to Lahore through Grand Trunk road where he will address party workers at different places.

His journey would continue for next three days as he would be welcomed at different places where he will also address the party workers.

In a Twitter message, Maryam Nawaz urged her supporters to refrain from attacking or misbehaving with anti-N media houses. It's neither our party culture nor NS legacy.

"Let the people of Pakistan prove them wrong. They can distort the facts but it won't be long before they may have to start speaking the truth," she said.

According to an official report, 7000 people are taking part in the rally comprising around 900 vehicles.

According to political analyst, it has been a flop show so far as the ruling party has failed to pull off a massive show.  They, however, said that more supporters could join the rally in the central Punjab, a stronghold of the PML-N.

Meanwhile, Nawaz Sharif has rode on specially prepared container.

3:15 pm - The caravan has covered a distance of 8.5 kilometres in more than three hours.

The PML-N plans to stretch the rally over at least three days in order to show its ‘popularity’ among the masses.

At least 20 to 25 National Assembly constituencies fall along the GT Road, besides around 15 constituencies of Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to address public meetings at almost all major and small towns falling on the route which included towns of Gujjar Khan, Dina, Kharian, Sarai Alamgir, Wazirabad, Kamonki and Muridke.

3:00 pm - The procession being led by Nawaz Sharif has reached Faizabad Interchange while its tail is touching the Zero Point. Faizabad Interchange is the main gateway between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

2:30 pm - Government reports say there are 900 to 1000 vehicles and five to six thousand people in the procession.

Video: Watch how many people are at PML-N caravan

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2:05 pm - Nawaz Sharif’s caravan has reached Zero Point in Islamabad on its way to GT Road, Lahore. His motorcade is surrounded by hundreds of supporters.

1:15 pm - Nawaz Sharif is not in the bulletproof container, as earlier expected. His motorcade moved onto Jinnah Avenue from D-Chowk in Islamabad and later headed to Khyber Chowk en route to Lahore.

1:10 pm - The PML-N caravan, on its way to Lahore, reached Jinnah Avenue.

1:10 pm - Nawaz Sharif’s caravan reaches Islamabad’s Blue Area. It was welcomed by a large number of PML-N supporters.

12:50 pm - Nawaz Sharif briefly spoke to Samaa before leaving Punjab House. “Shahbaz Sharif is the honour of Pakistan. He made Punjab a role model for the country and he has yet much more to do,” Sharif said,

12:45 pm - The state protocol is for PM Abbasi who came to meet Nawaz Sharif whereas the ex-PM is just being given a politician’s security that is state’s responsibility: Ahsan Iqbal

12:45 pm - “Our opponents are worried over what we are doing. They have awakened a sleeping genie,” Ahsan Iqbal.

12:10 pm - Nawaz Sharif’s caravan reaches Express Chowk near the D-Chowk. The caravan will later head to Zero Point. Pace of the caravan is too slow, nearly 5 km/hour. It's expected that the rally will reach Lahore in 72 hours.

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11:50 am - His caravan will first gather at D-Chowk from where it will reach Faizabad via Zeropoint.
Nawaz Sharif is expected to address the supporters and party workers at different places en route to Lahore.

11:45 am - Carrying party flags, a large number of PML-N workers reached Punjab House to accompany their leader Nawaz Sharif in the GT Road rally.

11:40 am - Nawaz Sharif left Punjab House to kick off his GT Road journey. He has been given Prime Minister’s protocol as the ex-PM is accompanied by serving Prime Minister.

Video: Nawaz Sharif’s political container ready to hit GT Road

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11:25 am - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached Punjab House, Islamabad, where Nawaz Sharif held consultation with cabinet members and senior PML-N leaders, including Ahsan Iqbal, Ishaq Dar, Zafar Iqbal Jhagra, AJK Prime Minister Raja Haider, Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana and others.

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11:00 am - PML-N workers have started converging at various points in Rawalpindi and Islamabad to welcome Nawaz Sharif. The supporters gathered at Faizabad, Committee Chowk, Kutchery Chowk, Soan and Rawat on GT Road.

10:40 am - A large stage have been set up at Committee Chowk of Islamabad where Nawaz Sharif will address his supporters during the rally. It will be the caravan’s first stop on way to Lahore.

10:30 am - Police have forcefully closed several private offices in various areas of Islamabad, including in the Blue Area before the start of Nawaz Sharif’s rally: Samaa reported

10:10 am - Protocol Route was put in place for Prime Minister at Islamabad’s Jinnah Avenue. It seems that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will accompany Nawaz Sharif in the caravan. A police officer told Samaa that the protocol is not meant for Nawaz Sharif.

10:00 am - Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif held consultation with his party leaders and senior colleagues, including cabinet members, at the Punjab House camp office before leaving for Lahore.

9:30 am - A caravan led by PML-N’s KP President Amir Muqam left Peshawar to join the Lahore-bound rally.

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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to leave his Punjab House camp office around 11am today (Wednesday) to lead PML-N’s cavalcade from Islamabad to Lahore on historic GT Road.

While travelling from Lahore to Islamabad in a luxury bomb-proof container, the ex-PM will enjoy the protocol accorded to a sitting prime minister.

Sharif is adamant to travel despite security concerns.

While travelling through the twin cities, the rally will reach Murree Road from Faizabad Interchange. Nawaz Sharif will address his supporters at various points from Islamabad to Lahore.

Reports suggested that his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan were among several close figures who warned the ousted PM against proceeding to Lahore by road.

Sharif is said to have ignored their advice; however, he sent his wife Kulsoom and daughter Maryam to Lahore a day before his own departure.

About the security plan, officials said more than 4000 police personnel, including Elite Force commandos, will be deployed along route of the rally.

To deal with any emergency situation, the provincial health department has issued a ‘high alert’ in all hospitals along the GT Road. Ambulances, medicines, doctors and paramedical staff have been put on standby.

Rally Route Plan

Islamabad Traffic Police has announced its route plan for the rally.

According to the plan, the road from Jinnah Avenue Express Chowk to F-8 Exchange and Express Highway from Faisal Chowk to Khanna Pul will remain closed for traffic.

The people, who want to travel to Blue Area have been asked to use service roads on both sides. The traffic coming from Karal will move to Khanna Pull,

Lehtrar Road, Burma Chowk, Park Road, Rawal Dam and then to Murree Road. – Samaa
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Story first published: 10th August 2017