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

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A 55-year-old man has died of multiple injuries after being hit by a motorbike participating in the "homecoming" rally of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif near Gujrat.

Railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique called the teenager "the first martyr of this movement for democracy" in an address to the thousands-strong crowd in nearby Gujrat.

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

Sharif said that he wants people to support him for the betterment of the country.

Sharif is traveling in a bombproof vehicle especially designed for the journey, meant as a show of strength after the Supreme Court's decision has left his ruling party scrambling to replace him.

Asserting that he was ousted for the third time, Sharif questioned his gathered supporters at Committee Chowk in Rawalpindi late Wednesday night, "was this not an insult to your vote?"

The convoy is surrounded by heavy security, with fears lingering after a truck bomb exploded in Lahore on Monday, killing one person and injuring dozens.

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

Sources in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said that Sharif was not happy with the turnout in the city and asked party leaders to make more targeted efforts to bring out the supporters.

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

After her husband's incarceration following the military coup by Gen Pervez Musharraf in 1999, Kulsoom had successfully led the party, though she never contested elections.

She said that she is a hard-working woman and belongs to a middle class family whereas Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is being reported to have been nominated as PML-N's candidate for NA-120, belongs to the ruling Sharif family.

"I believe the people of Islamabad and Rawalpindi should be congratulated for having stood by Nawaz Sharif", he said.

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