Child killed in Pakistan by cars in Nawaz Sharif's motorcade

Saul Bowman
August 13, 2017

Sharif had resigned from the Prime Minister's office following disqualification by the Supreme Court in the Panamagate verdict.

Although Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif was the first choice for NA-120 as PML-N candidate along with premiership, the nomination was withdrawn by Nawaz Sharif and he was told to continue in his province.

A five-member Supreme Court bench last month disqualified Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing the prime minister to quit for the record third time.

When asked about Kulsoom's candidacy, Rashid said that the difference between them is that she is a "hardworking middle-class woman who will represent the ordinary people of the country", whereas Kulsoom comes from what her daughter, Maryam Nawaz, has called the "ruling family".

Nawaz Sharif embarked on an on-the-road rally on Wednesday from Islamabad, heading to his hometown of Lahore.

Nomination papers for Begum Kulsoom Nawaz were submitted in the eastern city of Lahore by her son-in-law, an official from Sharif's eponymous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) told AFP.

Political observers believe that Kulsoom knows the complex nature of Pakistani politics as she led the PML-N in hard time and toured the country to seek support for her husband. "Isn't it a disgrace to the people of Pakistan that 5 judges ousted the PM who you had voted to power?"

"They have only removed me on paper but they have not removed me from your hearts. The people should ask them why they ousted Nawaz Sharif when he had done no corruption", he said.

"May I ask why I was ousted? There are no allegations of corruption against me".

"We will have to make sure that the mandate of the people is respected in future; we have to make sure no conspiracy against an elected prime minister succeeds now".

Observers say with Kalsoom's nomination for the parliament seat, Sharif intends to seek the dominant role of his family in politics and try to retain his traditional parliament seat in Lahore. "Do not forget your promise and when Nawaz Sharif's message will reach to you, you all have to be with me", he urged the workers.

"I have brought my case to the court of people as I accept their decision".

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