ISLAMABAD: Apathetic to all security risks and other challenges, ousted Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif is determined to leave for Lahore in a cavalcade via the historic Grand Trunk (GT) road on Wednesday morning (today), ARY News reported.
The ruling party supremo is expected to intermittently address his workers and supporters throughout his travel route to Lahore at different cities including Gujrat, Jhelum, Gujranwala and others.
Following the Lahore blast, he insisted to continue with his planned Lahore visit despite security concerns while talking to reporters at Punjab House here on Tuesday as what he said: “I will not wait for situation to become normal as I have right to go home.”
All arrangements have been finalised for Sharif’s Lahore visit. He was reportedly warned against proceeding to Lahore by road by some of the senior party leaders including his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Sharif is likely to leave Punjab House in a bombproof container at 10 am today. The decision to reach out to masses travelling via GT Road was taken at Punjab House, in a party meeting, a couple of days ago.
He is expected to make his first stay in Jhelum where he will address a public gathering.
After his ouster as prime minister in the wake of Supreme Court’s judgment in the Panama Papers case, Nawaz Sharif vacated the PM house and left for Murree along with other family members on last Sunday.
Sharif had been holding consultative meetings with the party members in Murree over the formation of the new cabinet and other political issues.