Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif left the Punjab House in Islamabad around noon on Wednesday, embarking on a journey back to his hometown, Lahore, via the Grand Trunk (GT) Road. The convoy has since reached Shakarparian, according to DawnNews, taking on more supporters from Faizabad.
Various routes have been sealed in Rawalpindi, while hotels, motels, and shops have been shut down, causing inconvenience to the people.
Sharif held a meeting with his close confidantes, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and party leader Abid Sher Ali, before his departure from his camp office.
Nawaz’s motorcade moved onto Jinnah Avenue from D-Chowk in Islamabad, where he was expected to address his supporters who had gathered from Peshawar, Abbottabad, and the outer areas of Islamabad. However, the address was cancelled “due to security reasons”, DawnNews reported.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah visited Rawalpindi’s Committee Chowk to review the security arrangements.
Nawaz will reportedly address his supporters in Jhelum in the evening and stay overnight at a hotel, before continuing his journey to Lahore the next day.
DawnNews, however, reported that the camps set up for the rally were nearly empty up until Sharif left the Punjab House.
A mobile health unit has been prepped for the Lahore rally, which includes a team of doctors who will provide medical services to the participants, if needed.