Updates: 'Go Nawaz Go' slogan challenged in Lahore High Court

Published: October 1, 2014


The controversial slogan “Go Nawaz Go” has been reverberating in public gatherings and upper echelons of the government over the past few days, offending many who are a part of and support the PML-N government.

Follow our updates here on the latest on the slogan and its affects.

October 4, 2:30pm

After haunting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders and the upper echelons of the government, the controversial “Go Nawaz Go” chant made its way to the corridors of justice as it was challenged in the Lahore High Court.

A petitioner, Sherry Muhammad Amin, argued that the chant has already caused chaos and poses the threat of being a cause of conflict in the future.

The petitioner nominated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, inspector general Punjab, the federal and provincial governments as respondents in his case.

October 3, 3:00pm

Students in Multan chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go’ at former  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) president Javed Hashmi when he was on his way to attend a funeral.

The students blocked his car and did not let it pass, till Hashmi pledged to them that he will not join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) again.

Read the full story here.

October 2, 6:30pm

Slamming the prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif for her veiled threat against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters, PTI chairman Imran Khan said it is everyone’s democratic right to chant “Go Nawaz Go.”

Read the full story here.


October 2, 4:00pm

A student was shot and injured after a fight broke out between two groups of students for chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ in Peshawar’s Islamia College University.

Students supporting PML-N clashed with PTI supporters as they chanted anti-Nawaz slogans.

October 1, 6:52pm

The controversial ‘Go Nawaz Go’ slogan seems to be getting under the skin of not only PML-N workers but also its leadership.

After the Wazirabad incident earlier that day, PML-N leader and the prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif issued a veiled threat to PTI supporters and warned them not to mess with the Lions.

Maryam Tweeted on Wednesday evening that PML-N workers have had enough of PTI’s vandalism and PTI supporters would not find a place to hide if PML-N resort responding.

She further Tweeted that PML-N’s policy of restraint and civility must not be misinterpreted as weakness.


October 1, 3:30pm

PML-N MPA Tohfiq Butt, irked by ‘Go Nawaz Go’ chants by the protestors in Wazirabad, attacked the hecklers, Express News reported.

Butt was accompanying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Gujranwala, where the premier was addressing the flood victims of the area.

On their return, flood victims chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go’ at their car, upon which Butt got off the car to beat them up.

“If these bullies chant ‘Go Nawaz Go’ again, we will beat them up with shoes,” Butt said, while addressing the media, following the incident.


October 1, 1:30pm

During the All Parties Conference organised by Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA), lawyers belonging to PTI started chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’.

PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi was also present at the conference. Lawyers of PTI started chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ while sending off Qureshi out of the conference hall.

September 30, 4:00pm

The controversial “Go Nawaz Go” slogan found its way into the upper echelons of the government as it led to a brawl between PML-N and PTI leaders during a Senate Standing Committee meeting.

Read the full story here.

September 28, 5:00pm

Hamza Shahbaz, son of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif faced an embarrassing situation on Saturday when during his address to mark World Tourism Day in Alhamra hall, Lahore, crowds started chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ forcing him to cut short his speech.

As the central leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz started taking jibes at Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, parts of the crowd could be seen walking out of the hall in protest in the Express News footage.

Read the full story here.

September 24, 5:00pm

A student started chanting “Go Nawaz Go” during Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal’s speech at Preston University.

Read the full story here.

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Reader Comments (80)

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 1, 2014 - 5:12PM

    I will repeat what I commented before that it is really very right and ripe time for PM Nawaz to tender resignation otherwise it is quite possible that may be his own family including Maryam and Kalsoom may also shout GO NAWAZ GO, I am afraid. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi


  • Shah
    Oct 1, 2014 - 7:38PM

    If they are that much sincere to democracy or even their own party, they should all beg Nawaz to resign and let any one else come in, but is that even thinkable for these slaves aka political workers?


  • salman
    Oct 1, 2014 - 7:45PM

    PMLN were happy enough to shout go zardari go a few years ago, but seems like they can’t handle go nawaz go! :)


  • Shuaib Bhat
    Oct 1, 2014 - 7:47PM

    If PML-N chanted Go Imran Go at Azadi march watch what would’ve happened.

    PTI supporters have vandalised Geo buildings, beaten Geo journalists!! They are by far more violent than any other supporters and by far the most intolerant.


  • zztop
    Oct 1, 2014 - 7:55PM

    riiight the ppl chanting slogans are the bullies not the ones beating them up lol /oppositeday


  • salman
    Oct 1, 2014 - 8:12PM

    So that’s PMLN solution, beat up everyone who doesn’t support them?


  • Muneer
    Oct 1, 2014 - 8:21PM

    PMLN is not realising that these slogans are being raised by ordinary people and not only by workers of PTI/ PAT. The reaction of people on violence like that of MPA from PMLN will be very severe.It should be avoided.


  • Peacenic
    Oct 1, 2014 - 9:09PM

    Difference between Gullu Butts and a democratic party is that latter chant slogans whereas the former beat protesters, break public and private property and use police to murder unarmed political workers.


  • Buzz85
    Oct 1, 2014 - 9:11PM

    Ummm… that is called “assault” and a chargeable act.

    But of course, PLMN mentality would dictate that they are above the law.


  • Feya
    Oct 1, 2014 - 9:20PM

    An MPA saying they will beat protestors/opposition party workers with shoes upon chants – how is that even remotely ok?
    So long for freedom of expression.


  • Noman Ansari
    Oct 1, 2014 - 9:20PM

    She means lions shouldn’t mess with PMLN or they will be paraded in PMLN rallies and die of thirst and heat.


  • Abrar R
    Oct 1, 2014 - 9:23PM

    Lols .. this is epic. Maryam nawaz threatens Pakistanis with gullu butts. Little does she know, it is PTI that has been showing restraint else these gullu butts would be left with broken bones by now.


  • Shariq
    Oct 1, 2014 - 9:27PM

    ‘Vandalism’? When does shouting sloags account as vandalism?


  • freed
    Oct 1, 2014 - 9:30PM

    part of problem is princess thinks that country belong to her because daddy paid for it with ill gotten gain through corruption. Her naive and proactive remarks just further illustrate he appointment is one of worst example of nepotism.


  • Oct 1, 2014 - 9:43PM

    PML- N is falling under the trap. Let PTI supporters chant what ever they want. Democracy allows freedom of expression so long there is no violence resorted . Maryam and likes will be the reasons and causes for the fall of Government. NS will get bad publicity and the bad image.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 1, 2014 - 10:31PM

    What a shameless peoples are these PML N after all this they still wanna stay may be they need shoes and rocks…


  • Hassan
    Oct 1, 2014 - 10:58PM

    Does she know the meaning of ‘Vandalism’ ?

    If yes, does she know her party work Gullu Butt who showed to the world what vandalism means?

    If feel sorry for a small number of people who for riduculous reasons still support PMLN.


  • Rabia
    Oct 1, 2014 - 11:21PM

    So elected representatives can charge people, threaten them and attack them and they won’t be charged for assault all because people practice their freedom of speech. Nice country we have.


  • Rumormonger
    Oct 1, 2014 - 11:37PM

    A novel way introduced by the Nawaz league to chase away and discourage the flood affected poor people, who are asking for their rightful share.


  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 2, 2014 - 1:02AM

    BOW NAWAZ BOW is perhaps respectable and not as derogatory as GO NAWAZ GO. I request you to please comment which slogan you like the best but remember that BOW NAWAZ BOW is authored by me whereas GO NAWAZ GO author is unknown to be honest. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi


  • Fatima
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:06AM

    What does Maryam Nawaz have to say about Gullu Butt
    This lady is a shame and a disgrace to all PakistaniRecommend

  • S.Nasir Mehdi
    Oct 2, 2014 - 3:11AM

    @Iqbal Hadi Zaidi:If an elected Prime Minister is forced to resign then the story will not end here. Every minister will face the same tune. It is Go Nawaz Go today it will Go…Go.tomorrow Where is democracy


  • Ussama Yaqub
    Oct 2, 2014 - 4:14AM

    Disgusting! This goes to show the level of tolerance the political class of Pakistan has! And ironically after ruling the country on and off for the last 32 years, it is their “patience” that is being tested!


  • Nawaz Tulli beghairath
    Oct 2, 2014 - 5:38AM

    Nawaz You srewed up man.


  • Usman from Canada
    Oct 2, 2014 - 5:50AM

    Come on people can’t you see!?! This is democracy according to PMLN,ANP,PPP,JUI,QWP,MQM!! In a democracy all parliamentarians do is talk about the rights of parliamentarians!

    We deserve the beatings given to us as Maryam has pointed out because the voice of the people is “vandalism”, the only voice which is important is the voice of parliamentarians. How dare we speak up! how dare we make our opinions felt! how dare we demand our rights!


  • His turn MyTurn!
    Oct 2, 2014 - 6:11AM

    @Shuaib Bhat: Are you kidding me? You guys threw out a sitting president then a prime minister then brought lawsuit on his replacement now you are ready to extremly punish the president. PMLn even ordered police that killed unarmed civilians, vandalize their property, fired at political caravans and rallies. The list of your atrocities is mile long. Now just a slogan on the walls irritate the bullies? I am surprised!


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 2, 2014 - 7:45AM

    PML(N) workers have never disturbed or vandalised other party’s gathering or chanted slogans in front of any national leader. PTI is inventor of this trend without realising the consequences. These cry babies will run towards third empire if PML(N) workers also adopted this attitude.


  • Rafique Khan
    Oct 2, 2014 - 8:02AM

    This is not vandalism by PTI or PAT. This is their rights which have been given by democracy.
    Really speaking democracy is a foreign seeds for Pakistan which will never sown in Pakistani soil if sown but will never grow.

    If P.M. his family members and their supporters are not prepared themselves to face this bitter truth now it has become universal truth then P.M. must tender his resignation without further delay.

    This slogan is not limited to PTI & PAT workers only now it is the voice of whole nation. The masses are perturbed and very much disturbed due to unemployment, inflation, high rocketing prices of essential commodities, corruption. If this type of action will be taken by PML (N) supporters against the masses it means revolution has taken the route in the country.

    If PTI and PAT workers and masses are facing any problems and vandalism and gundasim by PML (N) workers and supporters it means Kingdom ship has taken route in the country.


  • Stymied
    Oct 2, 2014 - 8:26AM

    Just prejudiced, period.


  • Aamir
    Oct 2, 2014 - 8:34AM

    PMLN should simply ignore these slogans as they are being used out of frustration that anarchy did not spread. It simply shows the disappointment being vented by PTI supporters and their leaders.


  • TooTrue
    Oct 2, 2014 - 8:51AM

    How do you “beat someone with a shoe”? Do you kick them or take your shoe off and smack them with it? The shoe in hand option would allow the person about to be assaulted to simply stand his ground and punch you straight in the face while you whale away with your shoe.


  • Freed
    Oct 2, 2014 - 10:22AM

    The kings order must be followed without any questions or dissent. Glad to see All those years in saudi were not wasted.


  • Aamir
    Oct 2, 2014 - 10:44AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Now even the Third Umpire is fed up with their nonsense. They have lost respect after their “Inqilaab” was ignored by the nation.


  • Gulkhaiz
    Oct 2, 2014 - 11:37AM

    Actually, PTI has become so used to for not being challenged, for what ever they
    say and do, that they were taken by surprise by the direct response of PML(N),and has sent reverberations a midst PTI ranks. Being apolitical man I think Maryam is right in saying that “civility should not be taken as a sign of weaknes.” On the other hand people are disappointed to read the Tweets of PTI supporters These are nothing but repertoire of undeveloped minds. If this is what represents educated class I seriously feel there is something wrong with our system of education.


  • Queen
    Oct 2, 2014 - 11:45AM

    Wow, if you can’t stop them, just beat them. Is this not an assault against freedom of speech? PMLN is slowly showing its true mentality.


  • Aqeel
    Oct 2, 2014 - 11:55AM

    Haha. it means the slogan really pisses them off. Keep going guys. it is working!


  • ashraf
    Oct 2, 2014 - 12:44PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Remamber Shreef family are founder of slogan Go ZARDARI GO .Tit for tat Why are they crying against Go Nawaz GO


  • ashraf
    Oct 2, 2014 - 12:52PM

    It’ s means PML will rule pakistan with the help of Gulo butt then you have to hire about one million Gulo but. For God sake butto par raham kara


  • yousafhaque
    Oct 2, 2014 - 1:11PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:::It is an open choice for PML-N to adopt any means to silence those chanting against them.N has 2/3rd majority and it is free to either solve the economic problems of people or keep doing what we saw in the video.Choice is their’s


  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 2, 2014 - 1:21PM

    Removal of PM Nawaz will set a precedent that if any of his successor behaves like Nawaz he will also meet the same fate in other words from now onward PM will have to be on his guard and not otherwise. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi


  • Butt
    Oct 2, 2014 - 1:41PM

    Schools all over the world should have a new subject titled “How to become a PM without being elected”Recommend

  • lk
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:01PM

    What hubris! It seems the Sharif family continues out of touch with reality. The people of Pakistan demand their rights, and want an end to VVVIP culture.. The Gullus are not lions, they are barbarians, time for all to realise Pakistanis will not accept such cruel ways sitting down. Is Maryam threatening to realise more Gullus? She should settle in Mars with her family…


  • roarwali
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:12PM

    Lets say it again: GO Nawaz Go


  • Kamran
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:20PM

    @S.Nasir Mehdi:

    Unfortunately, since last 16 months, Nawaz Sharif didn’t prove himself as elected prime minister.


  • Iram
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:23PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: Go Nwaz Go.


  • Tirmazy
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:36PM

    @Shuaib Bhat: So far PMLN has been the violent party. They have murdered innocent civilians in lahore and isb, thrown stones at peaceful protesters in gujranwala, now beating peaceful protestors. Gulluism


  • Tirmazy
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:42PM

    No law in Pakistan prohibits chanting of slogans peacefully. Violence, as done by PMLN’s Butt is a crime and PMs daughter is publicly supporting it and even threatening. That s Democracy in Pakistan!


  • Sarah Rehman
    Oct 2, 2014 - 3:00PM

    It seems that their days are numbered now. Go nawaz go!


  • Ali
    Oct 2, 2014 - 4:42PM

    Go Nawaz go !!


  • ishrat salim
    Oct 2, 2014 - 5:09PM

    Just a note on moral value :

    Just in..Ms Julia Pierson a newly appointed Director of US Secret Service has submitted her resignation to the Chief of Homeland Security & has been accepted. Ms Julia resigned following lapses by the elite presidential protection branch due to breach of security by an intruder around WH recently. She resigned to make way for investigation by an independent panel of commission to be named soon.

    Would request all to read above lines very carefully…

    1 ) She resigned on her own before formation of panel for investigation

    2) She resigned, because she took oath against her responsibility of office she is representing.

    3) She resigned to make investigation commission free from any interference or influence.

    Compare this with our demand….

    Election was rigged & almost all political parties agree that election 2013 was not fair.

    Yet, our PM is adamant not to resign to give space for an independent investigation to follow…

    That is the difference in moral values we have & they have….

    any taker ?


  • Gulkhaiz
    Oct 2, 2014 - 5:51PM

    @Ishrat Saleem. When a man is obsessed with something he looses sight of the reality,consequently affecting his rational thinking.Caretakers conducted the elections, so why should Nawaz Sharif resign.Moreover nothing has been proved against them(NS/SS) that in any way they were involved in rigging. So please do not equate resignation of Julia with NS.The example is totally irrelevant


  • jaffer
    Oct 2, 2014 - 6:02PM

    Great!! So rigging of election is acceptable and freedom of speech is not acceptable ???????


  • PML-N
    Oct 2, 2014 - 6:51PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA PMLN workers haven’t done vandalism and destroyed properties??? Did you forget gullu butt lol or are you just that dumb and blind??? Oh yeah I forgot you people directly kill by shooting unarmed people at point blank range!


  • Oct 2, 2014 - 9:04PM

    It will remain a wishful thinking & dream. Nawaz and team is our last hope. He IS and will, Inshahallah remain strong. He is popularly elected genuine leader. There is no ioata of doubt in it. God bless him and his family.


  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 2, 2014 - 9:20PM

    Just now in ARY TV news bulletin I saw shirts inscribed with GO NAWAZ GO being sold in Qadri dharna proves that it has become the most popular slogan amongst Pakistanis whether living in Pakistan or overseas. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi


  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 3, 2014 - 12:14AM

    Bow Nawaz Bow or Go Nawaz Go. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi


  • shafs
    Oct 3, 2014 - 12:53AM



  • freed
    Oct 3, 2014 - 1:53AM

    after reading this, just have 3 word response. Go nawaz Go.


  • Lahori badshah
    Oct 3, 2014 - 2:18AM

    go back to Jeddah and leave us alone’


  • Lahori badshah
    Oct 3, 2014 - 2:21AM

    Go Nawaz go
    You are dead in Pakistan, will never won again, make space for decent people from your party to take Over, show sone decency which you lack or lost in pursuit of corruption


  • Oct 3, 2014 - 6:30AM

    PTI goons are following PMLN leaders around and chanting Go Nawaz Go at PMLN events. That’s dangerous and likely to result in clashes like this. IK should show some sense and call his people off.


  • Ricky
    Oct 3, 2014 - 11:31AM

    Hats off to Taliban Khan for starting a civil war. While KPK is burning IK and his rich powerful friends are in Islamabad playing the flute for over a month. Who cares even if healthcare is provincial responsibility?


  • Asad
    Oct 3, 2014 - 3:04PM

    GO NAWAZ GO!! Beat me now, can you??


  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 3, 2014 - 4:07PM

    Hashmi has been rightly handled by PTI supporters in Naya Pakistan and he should be prepared to swallow such quinine in future also for betraying Imran. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi


  • Citizen26
    Oct 3, 2014 - 4:41PM

    Keep up the good work guys. GO NAWAZ GO


  • Rafique Khan
    Oct 3, 2014 - 4:46PM

    Yes it is the right of the people to say GO NAWAZ GO. Now people can say do or die and give some relief to the masses by hook and crook. The PML (N) is the inventor of this slogan because they are trend setter of this slogan. When they were coalition partner with PPP they were chanting slogan GO ZARDARI GO.

    As you sow will reap. The nation runs by the people not by the Government. If government is failure to deliver in short term then they must go. The PPP and PML (N) always try to involve in long term projects to save their faces in front the masses.

    Now the masses need immediate relief from High Rice prices of essential commodities, utilities, corruption,unemployment,vandalism, lawlessness.


  • sardarzaheer
    Oct 3, 2014 - 5:17PM

    Is there any Freedom of Speech…what ever people of Pakistan want to chant they have right to say it as per constitutions…Is it not subvertion of constitutions should they not tired with article 6…


  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 3, 2014 - 6:11PM

    Students in Multan chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go’ at former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) president Javed Hashmi when he was on his way to attend a funeral on Friday.
    The students blocked his car and did not let it pass, till Hashmi pledged to them that he will not join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) again, Express News reported
    This is what I have just copied from Tribune and pasted here so you must watch the words uttered by Hashmi wherein he pledged he will not join PML (N). He as a Muslim should have spoken the truth but time itself shall prove if he spoken the truth or told lies. Iqbal Hadi Zaid


  • Ricky
    Oct 3, 2014 - 6:51PM

    It is naïve to compare the resignations of “appointed” posts compared to elected govt and PM. With this vicious vendetta Pakistan has become ungovernable. My God bless Pakistan.
    One only wishes that these zealots show the same zeal against Polio, poverty, ignorance, and other social evils.


  • Alter Ego
    Oct 3, 2014 - 7:16PM


    GEO TV news also has the right to question IK motives , his history and about his daughter.Does IK honour their right ?

    It may come as a shock but people have a right to question IK just as IK has the right to question NS.

    We have all seen how well IK takes criticizm as is obvious from his criticizm of
    Najam Sethi
    Ex CJP


  • Anon
    Oct 3, 2014 - 7:27PM

    “If these bullies chant ‘Go Nawaz Go’ again, we will beat them up with shoes,” Butt said, while addressing the media, following the incident.

    Hahahahaha… bullies… I’m guessing he wasnt trying to be funny!


  • ObserverUSA
    Oct 3, 2014 - 10:40PM

    PTI is indulging in hooliganism and they are inviting the PML-N to do likewise. Where will this all lead to?


  • Oct 3, 2014 - 11:05PM

    Well it is our democratic right and we shall avail it with full force. So i rightly say ”GO NAWAZ GO”


  • AJamal
    Oct 4, 2014 - 3:10PM

    Government of Pakistan should mandatory for its citizens’ to chant “Long Live Nawaz” every morning.


  • A Pakistani
    Oct 4, 2014 - 3:32PM

    Go Nawaz Go :)


  • dr majid
    Oct 4, 2014 - 3:58PM

    how the court can interfere in stopping political slogans. this is a popular slogan across length and breadth of country, only shareef court can put embargo and will definitely fail to stop this viral slogan just like azadi march.


  • tauseef rasheed
    Oct 4, 2014 - 5:58PM

    They are only interested in stopping the slogan which is a political right of any person who does not agree with the policies of Nawaz Shareef government. Instead of getting annoyed and taking the matter to the court, they should resolve the issue of election rigging, murder of fourteen innocent people by Punjab police in Lahore and all the corruption charges which are level against them by the opposition and the vibrant media. The people of Pakistan will not tolerate the incompetence of present rulers and the accountability of these corrupt leaders must be done by powerful NAB and must be held accountable for their wrong doings.


  • bash gul
    Oct 4, 2014 - 7:28PM

    You are right. What happened when ‘Go Zardari Go’, and ‘Will drag him on the streets of Lahore and Karachi’ were shouted by Showbaz during his speeches in the previous government? Never throw stones at others when u live in a glass house.


  • freed
    Oct 5, 2014 - 1:57AM

    go nizam go, is that ok? How about go sharif go?


  • Ishrat salim
    Oct 7, 2014 - 8:14PM


    We know caretaker was responsible, hence, it is more morally responsible on the part of NS to resign to prove allegations incorrect….it is morally acceptable practice the world over to resign for a free investigation to take place. I am not surprised the way you think…absolutely like a Pakistani, there is no such thing as morality or moral values nor there is any word as ” resignation ” on moral ground in our dictionary nor culture….not surprise by your comment. Countries have moved ahead due to their moral values. The President of S Korea resigned due to the death of 200 school kids….she was not a captain of the ill-fated ship, nor the shipping company under her govt, but she took moral responsibility and resigned, but on contrary, show me one example where our PM , President, or any ministers or general resigned due to so many problems which is associated by governance failures, but have anyone resigned till today..name one person……since. We have majority people like you, who consider resigning as demerit, egoistic and smack of arrogance…..no wonder we are in such a mess.


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