Nisar disapproves comparisons between Maryam, Benazir

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Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday rejected the comparison being made between former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz.

The former interior minister, in an interview with a private news channel, said: “Comparing Maryam Nawaz to Benazir Bhutto is wrong.”

He elaborated that there were many differences between Maryam Nawaz and Benazir Bhutto, adding that Maryam should only be considered as the daughter of Nawaz Sharif—the country’s former prime minister, who was disqualified by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court in the Panama case.

“Children are only children, they cannot be accepted as leaders,” Nisar clarified, while adding that they are “non-political”.

He further said that Maryam Nawaz needed to prove her mettle first by engaging in real politics.

“Maryam Nawaz should understand and partake in practical politics. Only then can she be considered a leader,” he added.

He went on to say that Benazir Bhutto remained behind bars and confronted numerous challenges during her political stint and suffered a lot.

Maryam Nawaz has a long way to go in order to prove herself as a leader of Pakistan, he concluded.