Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan addresses the rally in Islamabad. Photograph: (Twitter)
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief led a host of party leaders as he addressed a huge rally in Islamabad to celebrate Nawaz Sharif's disqualification by the Supreme Court
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan led a host of PTI leaders as he addressed a huge rally in Islamabad to celebrate "thanksgiving day" celebrations after Nawaz Sharif's disqualification by the Supreme Court over corruption.
The former cricketer, whose party spearheaded the corruption complaint that led to Nawaz Sharif's disqualification, thanked Pakistan's Supreme Court for the crucial verdict, based on a probe by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
"I want to thank five supreme court judges and I salute the JIT members," the PTI chief said.
"We knocked on judiciary’s doors instead of taking to the roads because the SC judges asked us to come to the court,” he told jubilant supporters. "We are thankful to the judiciary because with the judgment, they brought us a new hope."
PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi earlier congratulated the members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and the "brave 5 judges who gave a historical decision."
PTI leaders Jahangir Tareen and Asad Umar, and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also addressed the rally.
Pakistan's parliament will elect the new prime minister on Tuesday.
Pakistan's ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has named Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz as his successor, but he must first get himself elected to Parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by Sharif.
The PML-N has meanwhile nominated ex-oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister.