PM Imran Khan won’t be allowed to develop into a ‘political martyr’, Maryam Nawaz says

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz. Photo: file
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz. Photo: file  

ISLAMABAD: Lashing out on the PTI-led authorities, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan “will not be allowed to become a political martyr”.

Addressing a media briefing following her appearance before the Islamabad High Court, Maryam Nawaz said that the prime minister “mustn’t even attempt to be like Nawaz Sharif”, whom she termed an elected prime minister who came into power with the votes of the people, as opposed to the incumbent ruler who the Opposition frequently allege is “chosen”.

“Those who’ve entered into employment contracts, ought to persist with the phrases of their employment,” she added.

She asked what Imran Khan’s political identity even was.

‘Imran’s identity is   to conspire against  elected PM’

“Imran Khan’s id is to conspire in opposition to the elected prime minister and to carry a 126-day sit-in,” she said in response to her own question. She was referring to the PTI’s 2014 sit-in in Islamabad.

The PML-N leader went on to say that one does not simply become a lion by cloaking oneself in the creature’s hide.

Maryam said PM Imran Khan’s identity is confined to “conspiracies” and that he has “nothing to do with the rules of regulation and democracy”.

She said that the premier will have to “reply for his conspiracies”.

Speaking further about the so-called “conspiracies”, she said that if the use of “magic” has yielded such success, then it should be put to use to alleviate the petrol, diesel, flour crises.

“If your magic is so profitable then why not use it for the great of the folks?” she asked.

“There isn’t any rule of regulation within the nation proper now,” Maryam said.

“Imran Khan is just not a constitutionally appointed chief,” she said, adding that he is in fact “responsible of violating it”.

The PML-N leader said that her party’s struggle is “in opposition to people like Imran Khan”.

Maryam responded to the rumoured differences within the Opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Movement alliance. “There are not any conflicts inside PDM,” she insisted.

‘Go ahead, arrest me’

She also spoke of NAB’s request filed at the IHC seeking a cancellation of her bail as well as that of her husband, retired Capt Safdar Awan in the Avenfield properties reference.

“I want to see who my sympathiser in NAB is who has utilized for a revocation of bail,” she remarked, adding that their face should be exposed before the nation.

“The individual needs to be given not a 21-gun, however a 22-gun salute,” she added.

Maryam said that she fears neither getting arrested, nor being implicated in a “pretend case”.

She said her father, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has already declared that he has left such matters to the will of Allah.

“Go forward, revoke my bail, arrest me, in order that the folks can see how fearful you’re,” she challenged the government.

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