Nawaz Sharif''s wife files nomination to contest his Lahore seat

Nawaz Sharif''s wife files nomination to contest his Lahore seat

A nine-year-old boy was killed by a police escort auto, accompanying deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif's jeep, near Lala Musa, Punjab province, on Friday.

"A 13-year-old boy who had came to see the rally was hit by a vehicle in the convoy", Sajid Ali, head of the local Lalamusa police station, told AFP.

Addressing a public gathering in Gujranwala, he said that people of the country had elected Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as prime minister three times.

Daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif took to Twitter and expressed that the local leadership has been asked to reach out to the family of the boy. "May I ask why I have been ousted?" the former prime minister said. Jehlum, roughly another 100 kilometers down the road, is still less than a third of the way to Lahore, where Sharif hopes to bring tens of thousands onto the streets. The convoy was surrounded by heavy security, with fears lingering after a truck bomb exploded in Lahore on Monday, killing one person and injuring dozens.

Supporters gathered in Gujrat voiced frustration over the ex-prime minister's ouster.

"The Supreme Court should do justice to Sharif and restore him", he told AFP.

Sharif, 67, said that it was pity that none of the prime ministers in the 70-year history of the country have been allowed to complete their tenure. The top court sacked him last month after an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, briefly plunging the nation into political uncertainty.

The Dawn complained in an editorial that governance was taking a back seat as Mr Sharif pursues his Islamabad-to-Lahore rally, with leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz busy mobilizing crowds along the route.

The former prime minister had earlier announced his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif's name as the party candidate.

Khalid, from Chak Pirana village of Gujrat, was rushed to a nearby hospital on Friday afternoon after he was hit by motorbike on Grand Trunk (GT) Road where the ex-PM is rallying towards his hometown after being disqualified by the Supreme Court for hiding his undeclared assets.

People had given mandate through their votes to Nawaz Sharif for the five year term, he added.

However, senior anchorperson and journalist Mubashir Zaidi spoke to Rafique after the rally was suspended on Thursday and the PML-N leader denied any such activity.