Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has started a rally from the capital Islamabad to Lahore, in a defiant show of political strength after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office for omissions in a parliamentary wealth declaration.
Thousands of Sharif's supporters gathered in Islamabad on Wednesday to accompany him on the 370km journey, bringing the commercial heart of the capital to a virtual standstill.
Sharif was disqualified from office by the Supreme Court on July 28, on the grounds that he did not declare a salary which he says he never took from a company in the United Arab Emirates. The disqualified prime minister said that while he respects the court's decision, he would be challenging it in a review petition to be filed shortly.
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