11 August, 2017
Before his departure from Rawalpindi's Punjab House on Thursday morning, Sharif held a meeting with PML-N officials, including interior minister Ahsan Iqbal and Marvi Memon, and expressed anger at the local administration over the low turnout for his rally.
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Sources in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said that Sharif was not happy with the turnout in the city and asked party leaders to make more targeted efforts to bring out the supporters.
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Mr. Sharif is accompanied by hundreds of his supporters. Shehbaz also defended the rally and said it was the fundamental right of every political party to stay in touch with the people.
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Party leaders have recently suggested that Abbasi is expected to hold office until elections due next year, a reversal of earlier indications that Sharif's younger brother, Shahbaz, would take over the office. "I leave this for history to determine", said Sharif.
"Will the nation's mandate ever be respected?" he asked.
According to Malik Mohammad, a spokesman in Punjab where Lahore is the provincial capital, security arrangements for Sharif's rally have finalized.
Stressing upon the preparation of a new charter of democracy, which could include subjects like ethics and economy, he said that all political parties should be included in the charter.
Several other smaller rallies joined Sharif's on the way.