ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Saturday arrived in Islamabad in a car bearing the number plate of a motorcycle, ARY News correspondent Jahangir Tareen revealed.
After his ouster as the premier, it was the first visit of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo to Islamabad. He traveled all the way from his Murree residence to Islamabad in a Mercedes car bearing a fake number plate read ‘VN-337’.
According to Islamabad Excise official website, his car with ‘VN-337’ number plate is actually registered as a motorcycle, Hero RF-70, owned by Maqsood Alam.
Last day, the ousted premier arrived in the federal capital to chair a key party meeting at Punjab House. On his arrival the city administration had imposed Section 144, prohibiting public gatherings of five or more people, processions, and rallies in any public place within the limits of the area to ensure foolproof security.
Despite the imposition of Section-144 in the federal capital over security concerns on arrival of ex-PM Sharif, the city administration and police remained inattentive and apathetic towards crowds of the ruling party supporters who took to roads to express their solidarity with the ousted premier.
After his ouster as Prime Minister (PM) in the Panama Papers case by Supreme Court of Pakistan, Sharif had vacated PM House in Islamabad and moved to Murree last Sunday along with other family members.
Chairing consultative meetings with party members at his Murree residence over several political issues, it was Sharif’s first visit to Islamabad after his disqualification.
A large number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters gathered and surrounded his convoy at various places on his way to the federal capital, violating Section-144.
Sharif intermittently alighted from his car and waved his hands in response to the party supporters during his travel. The city administration and federal police remained silent spectator in the entire episode despite heavy deployment in the capital city.
As many as 8000 police personnel and 50 teams of Elite Force had been deployed at different locations to avoid any untoward situation.
On the flip side, a woman near to Sharif’s convoy chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go’ slogan while lauding the judiciary’s disqualification judgment.