Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday concluded his ‘homecoming rally’ in his home town of Lahore where he addressed supporters of his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) at Data Darbar.
Nawaz began his four-day rally from the capital Islamabad where he was seen-off by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a PML-N loyalist who was elected as head of the government few days after the former’s disqualification.
The 67-year-old decried his ouster, saying he could not complete his tenure every time he came to power. “Isn’t my disqualification an insult to your vote. Isn’t this an insult to the mandate of 200 million people?” he questioned.
“This has been the precedent for the past 70 years. Few conspire against an elected government and derail it. Such incidents remind me of the 1971 debacle. We have to prevent such incidents or I fear Pakistan will be doomed.”
Recalling the development projects his PML-N party had