Shehbaz Sharif will be PML-N new President :Zafarul Haq

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"I don't want reinstatement for myself". He said he was not struggling for his restoration. The public responded with big "No", prompting Sharif to say: "One court gave its decision, now this people court is given its decision". The minister said that the PML-N rally would be joined by the people as it would pass through different cities. "The honorable judges sent me home". Sharif began two days of rallies aimed at demonstrating his political strength, making stops from the capital Islamabad to his hometown of Lahore, ignoring security threats and drawing thousands of supporters. A huge crowd gathered for his journey along the Grand Trunk Road bridging the 380 km between Islamabad and Lahore.

Supporters of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hold posters of their leader while they arrive to attend a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.

When asked whether the army had influenced the judiciary against him, Sharif said "let's leave this question for later".

Sharif has a history of rocky relations with the military, but since his removal he has exercised restraint in commenting on the sensitive issue of civil-military relations. "There is no stain of corruption, my hands are clean", said Sharif, who was disqualified on July 28 on charges of corruption linked to what has come to be known as the Panama Papers.

Mr Sharif had initially announced that Mr Abbasi will be appointed as interim premier until his brother Shahbaz is elected as a member of Parliament to become premier.

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The way Pakistan's political system is set up means any party that sweeps Punjab will most likely go on to form a government after the 2018 poll.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif - who was disqualified last month by the Supreme Court for hiding assets in his nomination papers for 2013 elections -on Wednesday kicked off his journey from Islamabad to reach Lahore via GT Road. "He is indeed the prime minister of hearts", Rehman told The Nation.

On July 29, Pakistani Supreme Court made a decision to remove Sharif following corruption investigation into his family.

"God willing, I will remain active".

Canada-based cleric of Pakistani-origin Tahir-ul-Qadri returned to Lahore ahead of the rally.

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