Nawaz motorcade sets off to Lahore: Former PM launches protest for his ouster

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif sets for his journey, towards his home constituency, Lahore. His caravan will go through GT road(Grand Truck) road.This moves is seen by the political commentators as flexing muscles, to see where the popularity of Nawaz Sharif stands, in post Panama verdict scenario. It is pertinent to mention, that using the famous GT road for his route towards his home, has symbolic and strategic importance. According to a Tv report, out of 15 Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz(PMLN) holds 14 constituencies encompassing GT route, hence a good power show is expected in this political march.


The ousted PM was seen off by the incumbent prime minister, his stalwart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, finance minister Ishaq Dar. According to sources 5000 people are expected to accompany him in this political adventure. Before departing Nawaz Sharif held party meeting with his party’s aides, here in Punjab house. So far, according to the TV report his caravan has reached Jinnah Aveneue. He was also expected to halt at famous D-Chowk, famous for PTI(Pakistan Tehreeke Insaf) stage in. Special bullet- proof container has been organized for his march. News one reported, that the pace of the Nawaz motorcade is at slow pace, hence it is assumed that it would take 3 to 4 days to reach his destined location, Lahore. The greatest concern for this political show of strength is security risk. Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, brother Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, expressed concerns, and warned the disqualified PM against proceeding to Lahore by road.

Nawaz, however, had remained adamant to embark on his journey, which he maintains is not “a protest” but “a journey back home” that he is undertaking because “risks need to be taken for the country”.

The opposition had lambasted Nawaz Sharif’s proceeding to Lahore, via GT road. Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) chairman has called this move to build pressure tactics on different state organs to achieve NRO. He also alleged that state machinery was being used in a bid to make Nawaz’s return to Lahore a ‘historic’ event.

“The Punjab government is using all its resources to make the show (Nawaz’s return to Lahore) a success,” PTI leader Abdul Aleem Khan said, questioning why National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq was overseeing the arrangements regarding Nawaz’s return to Lahore.

On Tuesday, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid alleged that Nawaz Sharif’s GT Road procession was an attempt by the ousted prime minister to seek a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) from the army. Prominent cleric and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri also accused Nawaz Sharif for “under mining democracy”. He thundered “Who are you protesting against?” Qadri asked, adding that the former premier had been let off easy as he was not sent to jail.

This is the developing story; will be more updated as the events unfold.