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No rift with uncle Shahbaz Sharif, PML-N stands united: Maryam Nawaz

In a press statement, Maryam Nawaz denied all reports of a rift between PML-N and clarified that her relationship with Uncle Shahbaz Sharif is one of cordiality and respect. She added that taking her uncle into confidence over all matters is her duty, and reiterated his stance on the Charter of Economy proposal, which she lambasted earlier.

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Accusing the press for misconstruing her comments, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Vice President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, clarified on Sunday that there are no divisions within the PML-N, and reinstated her Uncle Shahbaz Sharif’s authority as the President of the party.

Earlier on Saturday, while addressing a press conference, Maryam Nawaz had criticized the charter of economy, saying that it turns the economy into a joke.

She criticized that the proposal of giving the PTI-led government a charter of economy is much like awarding a “National Reconciliation Order (NRO) equivalent deal to this inefficient government.”

Maryam Nawaz criticized all opposition parties, including PML-N, for not standing up to the expectations of the people, and reminded that they too will face accountability of the public if they fail to address their concerns.

Reserving her criticism as her own personal observation, Maryam stressed that the final decision on the charter of economy would be made by PML-N Chief and her father, Nawaz Sharif.

Maryam accused the PTI-led government of ruining the economy, and stressed that no cooperation should be extended to the federal government on economic matters. Her statement fuelled the ongoing speculations of a rift between the PML-N leadership, and many criticized Maryam for hitting at her own party.

Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, criticized Maryam for creating schisms within the PLM-N leadership, and warned her against making any personal comments regarding Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Dr. Awan said, “She (Maryam Nawaz) spoke a great deal about mistrust with her uncle and launched a tirade against her own party. She exposed the fact that PMLN has been divided into two factions, and after today, it is evident that Maryam Safdar may as well demand a resignation from her uncle after lambasting his proposed charter of economy.”

Maryam’s Criticism Misconstrued?

On Sunday, Maryam issued a statement to clarify that her comments, made on Saturday, have been misconstrued and misreported.

Maryam said that she and her uncle, Shahbaz Sharif, enjoy a close relationship marked with mutual respect and love, and she considers herself obligated to take him into confidence over every decision.

Maryam said, “During his budget speech, Shahbaz Sharif reminded the federal government of his proposal of a charter of economy, offered in September 2018, which was rudely rejected by the PTI-led government. The Speaker of the House said, ‘It’s not too late’, to which the leader of the Opposition replied, “It’s never too late”.

Maryam stated that during her press conference, she simply shed light upon the PTI-led government’s inability to revive the economy, and how their restorative efforts have turned the economy into shambles. She said, “My comments were grossly misreported and taken out of context, which is a source of extreme disappointment to me and my paternal uncle.”

Applauding the unity and accord between the Sharif brothers and their families, Maryam retorted, “Our enemies have been striving to create discord between the two brothers for the past 30 years, but by the Grace of Allah, our family is united and will continue to stay united.”

This is not the first time that Maryam has criticized the decisions of her paternal uncle Shahbaz Sharif. Only last week, Maryam Nawaz criticized all opposition parties, including PML-N, for not standing up to the expectations of the people, and reminded that they too will face accountability of the public if they fail to address their concerns.

Read more: Maryam Nawaz slams government, ignores some hard facts

Commenting on the ongoing developments with regards to the newly applied restrictions on imprisoned Nawaz Sharif’s political engagements in Kot Lakhpat Jail, and the lack of leadership in PML-N, Dr. Mooed Pirzada, senior political analyst, observed, “PMLN will now need to find a new leadership: Either Shahbaz Sharif supported whole heartedly by Maryam or alternately Maryam Nawaz supported by Shahbaz; but she will need to show maturity which is not visible so far.”