Ousted Pakistan prime minister starts defiant 'caravan' from Islamabad to Lahore

Ruling was designed for the sole purpose of disqualification claims the ousted premier

But he insisted he was not greedy for power and wanted to change Pakistan for the better.

"If you do not protect your rights, they will continue to be snatched away from you", Sharif told his supporters.

"I don't want reinstatement for myself". Neither am I greedy for power.

The two leaders also agreed to work together to address the challenge of energy in the region and improve the economic condition in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Despite the heat and humidity, hundreds of people walked for about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) with Sharif's slow-moving convoy, as volunteers distributed bottles of water.

"Millions elect their leader and five judges disqualify him with a stroke of pen".

Addressing a public gathering at Nasir Bagh on Tuesday, AML head Sheikh Rashid said that Nawaz's rally will put lives of common people in danger, adding that ousted PM will be responsible if any incident happens.

"People of Jhelumi should ask why was Nawaz ousted".

Mr Sharif, 67, resigned during his third stint as prime minister after the supreme court ruled on July 28 that he should be disqualified.

He wondered why the Supreme Court judges failed to hold former military dictators accountable for subverting the Constitution. "Promise me you won't allow your prime minister to be humiliated this way", he said.

Sharif's "caravan" took 12 hours to travel the 20 kilometers from Islamabad to Rawalpindi due to big crowds estimated as large as 30,000 that were walking and driving alongside his vehicle.

"Every prime minister in this country was given one-and- a-half-year tenure, on average, to govern".

According to Malik Mohammad, a spokesman in Punjab where Lahore is the provincial capital, security arrangements for Sharif's rally have finalized. This helped the economy.

Sharif was expected to stay put at Rawalpindi tonight and resume his journey tomorrow morning from the garrison city.

The rally is all set to embark on the second leg of its journey from the Punjab House.

The procession moved faster Thursday than it had Wednesday, when it took 12 hours to inch just 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the capital Islamabad to neighbouring Rawalpindi.



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