Nawaz Sharif's convoy kills 13-year-old at protest rally in Lahore

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Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court of the country on July 28 over an apparently minor technicality following a months-long investigation into the business affairs of his family over corruption allegations by opposition parties.

Sharif also demanded accountability from military dictators and judges who he said have been sending prime ministers packing home in the last 70 years.

As per schedule announced by the ECP for bye-elections in NA-120, today (August 12) is last day for filing the nomination papers while the polling will be held on September 17.

The former premier is now leading a procession from Islamabad to Lahore, the capital of Punjab province and the PML-N's seat of power.

Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted by Supreme Court (SC) under Article 62 (1)(f) of the Constitution in Panama Leaks case, on Friday resumed his "homecoming rally" towards Lahore via Grand Trunk Road after a stopover in Jhelum.

So, with the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, ruling Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz is technically a party with no head and as per ECP rules, its symbol can not be assigned to any candidate, reported Pakistan Today.

"Nawaz Sharif is still our prime minister", said worker Niaz Ahmad, who wore a lion look-alike costume and chanted, "Lion, Lion!" referring to the election symbol of Sharif's political party.


PML-N leaders are in the process of making arrangements for more supporters to attend the rally. "One of them (Gen Pervez Musharraf) went out for medical treatment of his backache but never came back to face cases", he said. "I need your support to ensure respect of the people's vote and civilian supremacy", he said. There were no charges of corruption or kickbacks on me.

Sharif in his defence said that he would personally visit the boy's home "and try to help his family for life".

"We will have to make sure that the mandate of the people is respected in future; we have to make sure no conspiracy against an elected prime minister succeeds now".

Sharif's convoy moved at very fast pace from Rawalpindi to Jhelum, at times speeding at 120 kms per hour.

According to the rules set forth by the Election Commission of Pakistan, the electoral symbol could not be assigned to a candidate affiliated with a "headless" party.

Mr Sharif added: "I want to ask why they ousted me".

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