Nawaz Sharif meets PML-N leaders over GT Road caravan

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif met federal ministers and lawmakers on Monday to discuss preparations for his GT Road caravan, among other matters.

A leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, believes Nawaz’s journey from Islamabad to Lahore will be a historic one.

According to sources, the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and federal and Punjab ministers have sit together to devise a plan for the journey of their party chief. As per the plan, a bombproof vehicle and jammers will be used while a special security force would be deployed for the former prime minister, sources said. A bomb disposal squad would also be present on the route for screening before the arrival of the caravan. Besides, the workers of PML-N will surround Nawaz’s vehicle throughout.

In order to avoid any inconvenience to the public, traffic police have been ordered to devise a plan accordingly.

Nawaz has announced to embark on a road trip to Lahore after he recently arrived in Islamabad from Murree post disqualification.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Babar Awan has said they call PML-N a GT Road party as they have used the route earlier for a rally.

Moreover, he added, stages were being set in NA-120 Lahore to welcome Nawaz, which was creating hindrances for candidates who will be contesting the elections and wanted to campaign. Awaz maintained Election Commission should take notice of the matter as a disqualified person, affiliated with politics, must not go in a constituency where by-elections are soon to be held.

The NA-120 berth stands empty after the Supreme Court announced Nawaz’s disqualification on July 28.

ECP has announced by-election on the seat on September 17, for which nomination papers will be submitted between August 10 and 12.

PTI has requested Islamabad High Court to stop PML-N from organising a caravan from Islamabad to Lahore.

The petition has been submitted by PTI leader Usman Basra, who believes the rally to be tantamount to harming freedom of the judiciary as it is “an attempt to bring the National Accountability Bureau under pressure”.

The petition seeks response from the federal government and district administration.

Hearing over the petition will be held on Tuesday (tomorrow).

After the SC declared Nawaz as disqualified from the position of prime minister, NAB was directed to submit a report over the Panama case and submit it within six weeks.


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