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Pakistan's new prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a close Sharif ally, said the former leader was alert to security threats. He said a huge number of people were waiting for Sharif all along the Grand Trunk Road, that runs between the capital Islamabad and Lahore city.

He added that Panama case verdict was a unanimous decision by five SC judges after a thorough investigation. "May Allah keep my brother, my leader and all the participants of rally in his protection", Shehbaz tweeted. Former information minister Pervaiz Rashid and top leaders from Sharif's party were seen in his auto as he started his journey amid claims from opponents that Sharif's political career had ended after his disqualification by the court.

On Wednesday Mr Sharif is set to drive in a "cavalcade" from Islamabad, the capital, to his home town of Lahore, where the 67-year-old will address a large rally of supporters.

Mr Qadri, the fiery cleric, said on Tuesday he will launch a fresh anti-government campaign and praised the supreme court for disqualifying Mr Sharif.

He regretted that he was once removed as prime minister under the now-defunct Article 58 (2)(b) of the Constitution, termed a hijacker by General Muhaarraf and had now been disqualified by the judiciary on an allegation never mentioned in the petition. "I have a lot to say about what has led to my ouster".

"One verdict was given by the Supreme Court and another is being given by the people that Nawaz Sharif is both sadiq and ameen (honest and trustworthy)." he said.

At least 5,000 persons are expected to accompany him throughout the journey, and thousands are expected to receive and see off the leader at the borders of their respective constituencies. The lion was Sharif's election symbol when he won the 2013 vote.

In late July, the Pakistani Supreme Court made a decision to remove Sharif following corruption investigation into his family under the Article 62 of the constitution.

The ECP in the notice said that under the Political Parties Order 2002, a disqualified lawmaker can not hold any office in a political party, reported Dawn News. He has vowed to get justice for eight of his supporters killed in anti-government rallies in 2014.


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