SC decision against Nawaz ridicules voters, says Maryam

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  • Former first daughter says people must support Nawaz as he is fighting for people’s supremacy

SARGODHA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Saturday lashed out at the superior judiciary, saying that the recent decision by the Supreme Court against Nawaz Sharif—that disqualified him from holding the party presidency— ridiculed the public’s vote.

Addressing a social media workers’ convention in Sargodha, the daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif stated that a joke was played on democracy with the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif. “This joke does not just ridicule PML-N or Nawaz Sharif. It [ridicules] you– the public,” she said.

Earlier this week, the SC disqualified Nawaz from the party leadership as it annulled the Elections Act 2017 that had paved the way for Nawaz to become the chief despite being disqualified under Article 62 in the Panama Papers’ case.

Maryam bashed the SC for its decision and said: “The biggest party of Pakistan that has millions of voters has been eliminated from Senate elections,” she claimed as she went on to add that “this joke has not been played on Nawaz Sharif, this joke has been played on you!”

“They can’t oust Nawaz Sharif as he is not Nawaz because of his party presidency or because of his premiership, he became Nawaz Sharif with God’s blessing and your love,” she told a roaring crowd of the party workers.

“Nawaz Sharif is fighting your war. He is fighting for the sanctity of your vote,” Maryam stated, adding that the people must support Nawaz in his struggle as it “is the people’s struggle”.

She emphasised her earlier rallying call and asked the people to not follow or believe those who hatch conspiracies against democracy or the government.

“This is a ‘dictatorship’. First, [they] disqualified Nawaz for not taking a salary from his son, then [they] stripped him of party presidency.”

A new slogan “mein bhi Nawaz hun” [I am Nawaz too] was born the day her father was stripped of the presidency, she said

Maryam alleged that because no corruption had been proven against her family since the Panama Papers case emerged, her father was removed from office for “giving gifts to his daughter” and “not taking a salary from his son”. A claim often touted by the Sharifs and the PML-N.

Accusing the judiciary of targeting Sharif, Maryam said seven out of the 17 judges of the apex court have been hearing cases against her father alone.

Referring to alleged criticism against Sharif’s mass-contact campaign, she asked, “Do you remember who these judges came to when Musharraf sent 60 of them home with the stroke of a pen?”

“It is alright for them [judges] to address the people’s court for their own restoration, but it is wrong for Nawaz Sharif to come out in public for restoring the integrity of the public vote,” she said rhetorically.

Maryam claimed that PML-N’s strength has not decreased and neither has respect for Sharif after the latest Supreme Court verdict.

In an apparent reference to Imran Kha, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, she said: “Even the ladla [favourite person] who approached the apex court to file a petition against Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case, has been forced to question the latest decision taken by them.

Recently, Imran Khan had criticised the court’s decision, saying the court had given a weak verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Maryam was confident that her party would win the 2018 elections as “the ‘revenge’ has only made the lions stronger and more united.”

MAJESTIC WELCOME

Maryam was given an impressive welcome at Sargodha’s Company Bagh where she was showered with rose petals and subsequently presented with a gold crown.

Moreover, Sargodha Mayor Malik Aslam Naveed presented Maryam Nawaz with a gold crown weighing 20 tolas, as a token of affection of the locals before the beginning of the social media convention. Maryam told the rally she would donate the crown to a school that teaches orphans in Sargodha.

Large banners bearing photos of Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif, Maryam along with those of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal were seen displayed prominently all around.

A large number of men and women and even children had shown up well in advance to attend the convention at the venue that was adorned with the posters displaying pictures of Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif, and Maryam, besides the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

 

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