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Maryam addressed a gathering in Lahore to mark Youm-e-Takbeer, when Pakistan successfully conducted nuclear tests on May 28, 1998. She repeatedly expressed how the prime minster has lost the confidence of the nation because of his incompetence. “Don’t hide behind institutions,” she said addressing the Prime Minister. “If Nawaz was out [of jail] today, this [PTI’s] government would not last.”
She clearly stated that “you [Imran Khan] might be a selected leader, but you are the ‘incapable’ premier of Pakistan — wake up, and serve the country and its people.”
Nawaz Sharif should be credited for his biggest explosion of billions of corruption in the history.
Maryam credited Nawaz Sharif for making Pakistan a nuclear state. “The entire nation is thankful to Nawaz Sharif who helped us achieve what many others could not.” PML-N vice president also stated that Nawaz Sharif declined all monetary offers and decided to test nuclear bombs in the best interest of the nation.
Despite her strong language against the premier, Maryam was unable to point out any specific malpractice or cases indicating the misuse of authority by the incumbent government. Moreover, Maryam Nawaz addressed the ceremony along with Hamza Sharif, son of former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly.
For analysts, it was a clear message to the Sharif family critics, who earlier speculated a secret power struggle within the family. The address and the recent meeting of Maryam Nawaz with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, have confirmed the news that Maryam is likely to lead the party in centre and Hamza is entrusted to stay in power in Punjab.
However, some sources challenge such ready-made gestures and maintain that Hamza Shahbaz, along with senior leaders from Punjab like Malik Ahmed Khan, is not willing to do what Nawaz had done with Shahbaz. “Hamza wants the major chunk now. He is making all efforts to be in the driving seat,” claimed many sources.
PML-N vice president also stated that Nawaz Sharif declined all monetary offers and decided to test nuclear bombs in the best interest of the nation.
Dr. Shahbaz Gill slams Maryam Safdar
Dr Shahbaz Gill, the spokesperson of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, responded to the fiery speech by Maryam Safdar, arguing how misleading the oration was and completely contrary to the facts. “It seems that Maryam Safdar’s advisers have taught wrong history lessons to her. In her [Maryam] speech, she presented Nawaz Sharif as a nuclear scientist. I am afraid that Maryam will also give credit of finding Pakistan to Nawaz Sharif too.”
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Dr. Gill offered a brief overview of how the PML-N had been involved in numerous mega corruption cases in Pakistan and laundered money for their personal benefits. “Fortunately, the nuclear project belongs to the state but if it was PML-N’s, there would be corruption made on that programme too.
Nawaz Sharif should be credited for his biggest explosion of billions of corruption in the history [of Pakistan],” he concluded. Analysts believe that the statements made by Maryam are self-contradictory. She claims that all decisions are taken not by the civilian leadership and, at the same time, the biggest decision in the history of Pakistan was taken by a civilian leader?
Undue importance to Nawaz Sharif on a serious matter also raises serious questions about the role of the military establishment in Pakistan, as to how and in what ways did it play its role in the political process?