Lahore (July 14, 2018): Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has concluded Friday night a rally that was initially headed to the Allama Iqbal International Airport to welcome former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and said that PML-N’s lions proved their loyalty to Nawaz Sharif.
While addressing the public rally in Lahore, he urged the activists to show courage on July 25. Shehbaz said that Nawaz Sharif decided to return homeland and proved that he was on the right path. He urged the masses to cast their votes for PML-N candidates to strengthen Nawaz Sharif. Later, he announced to end the rally at Dharampura.
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Earlier, a rally headed by former Punjab CM and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president with large number of party workers failed to reach Allama Iqbal International Airport as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested former PM and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz minutes after they landed in Lahore.
The former Punjab CM’s rally which started from Lohari Gate aiming to reach Lahore airport but the provincial authorities had imposed Section 144 across the province to deter any untoward situation.Containers were placed at various roads and cross sections, while roads leading to the airport were blocked to stop the PML-N rally.
The Metro bus service in the city also remained suspended. During the rally, clashes erupted between the PML-N workers and law-enforcement agencies, resultantly, at least 15 people including several policemen were injured when the police resorted to shelling to disperse the mob who pelted stones at the law enforcement personnel at Joray Bridge.As Shahbaz Sharif’s rally failed to reach airport to accord rousing welcome to the party supremo, the NAB arrested Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz minutes after they landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.
The father-daughter duo had returned to Pakistan from London for the first time after being convicted in the Avenfield property case.