Friday, August 19, 2022

‘Go Shahbaz Go’: PTI turns its guns on next Sharif


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had been pressing for resignation of recently-ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif since he was elected in 2013 general elections and the party amid a wave of protests introduced ‘Go Nawaz Go’ chant that later rose to national prominence… and now the PTI is looking to target Shahbaz Sharif with same ammunition.

‘Go Nawaz Go’ is a political slogan in the country, popularised during the ‘Azadi March’ and ‘Inqilab March’ protests against the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, led by the PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehrik  respectively.

The slogan became vastly popular, receiving circulation in a short span of time, and its use has been extended into protests, public demonstrations, and alongside also gaining popularity in non-political situations.

For its upcoming rallies and including one taking place today (July 30), the PTI has reportedly got printed thousands of t-shirts inscribed with a renewed slogan ‘Go Shahbaz Go’.

It is learnt that the party will formally launch these t-shirts during by-election on constituency NA-120, where the ex-PM sharif was elected. But interestingly some of the PTI activists have managed to get new t-shirts and they donned it at a rally today (Sunday).

During its 2014 sit-in against the government, PTI chairman Imran Khan had described that the ‘Go Nawaz Go’ slogan actually meant ‘the system has to go’.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has de-notified Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as Member National Assembly on Pakistan from Constituency No.NA-120 Lahore-III with immediate effect.

The SC judges ruled that Nawaz Sharif had been dishonest to the parliament and the courts in not disclosing his employment in the Dubai-based Capital FZE company in his 2013 nomination papers, and thus, could not be deemed fit for his office.


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