Will contest elections in 2018 if party elders want me to: Maryam Nawaz

Published: June 3, 2016
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Maryam Nawaz, who has been updating the nation on the progress of her father, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, since he underwent an open heart surgery, lent some credence to rumours that she will be her father’s political successor.

Speaking to Gharida Farooqi on her show, G for Gharida, Maryam said on Thursday she was willing to contest 2018 elections if her party, the PML-N, considered her worthy.

Open heart surgery: PM’s health stable, says Maryam Nawaz

Answering a question as to whether she would be contesting the elections in 2018, Maryam said, “What I think does not count, what party elders, senior members and the head of the party think matters more. If they would like me to contest elections, then I’m always available. However, if they think it would be better that I stay in the background and assist them wherever I can, then that is also acceptable to me.”

The former chairperson of PM’s Youth Programme said she was confident the incumbent government would complete its tenure and come in power, again.

Dismissing rumours about rifts within the family, she said, “Mine and Hamza’s relationship is just like Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif’s.”

When asked if there was a threat of an imminent martial law in the country, Maryam replied, “Disruptive elements are present everywhere but the government will complete its tenure.”

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The PM’s daughter, who has been leading the nation’s prayers for her father, informed he had spoken to her via telephone the previous night for the first time since his surgery and had assured her that he was fast recovering.

PM Nawaz would likely be shifted to a private room on Thursday night, she added.

The PM’s daughter said the premier had sent a message through her doctors, directing her to pay out compensation to those affected by the storm in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • NY
    Jun 3, 2016 - 2:38PM

    Being heir to the throne, Princess Maryam has the natural right to be given the opportunity. Recommend

  • Libra
    Jun 3, 2016 - 2:58PM

    This is your kingdom and your family is here to rule. Why not you must ‘contest’ the forthcoming elections.Recommend

  • Hatim
    Jun 3, 2016 - 2:59PM

    The next generation of Pakistani despots. Recommend

  • Raisani
    Jun 3, 2016 - 3:10PM

    You are elder enough to take your decisions. Aunty! Recommend

  • nasser
    Jun 3, 2016 - 3:16PM

    Politics has become a family business.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 3, 2016 - 4:05PM

    She is the future of Pakistan. Better than any emerging leader including Bilawal Zardari Bhutto. Recommend

  • Libra
    Jun 3, 2016 - 4:23PM

    This is your your kingdom. You are born to rule being a member of Sharif Dynasty. Why you take pain in ‘contesting’ election. There is no such need, you could be elected on reserved seat. And even if you want to enjoy ‘contest’, you have battery of people (ministers) who will speak in public meeting on your behalf and you will ‘win’ the election. Even Fazl ur Rehman shall payoff.Recommend

  • Ishrat Salim
    Jun 3, 2016 - 4:30PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Why PML N and PPP do not have election within their own party ? even though our Constitution allows it. Then why do these 2 parties to not hold election within their own party. They are not interested in local govt too even though it is the root to democracy. Is not it ? Both refused to hold LG election till forced by SC. But till today they have made the whole process ineffective by not giving the elected representatives finances to run local govt. Democracy in our country us hard only as a shield to cover corruption, loot n plunder. Recommend

  • z
    Jun 3, 2016 - 4:40PM

    @Ch Allah Daad, agree with your thoughts. Looking ahead, no better leadership is available in Pakistan. Maryam will be the best choice for the country. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jun 3, 2016 - 4:56PM

    By ‘party elders’ she means her daddy, her uncle and cousins. Although I’m impressed with her determination – an educated, powerful woman in government is inherently radical in Pakistan – the sad fact is that she has very little merit to deserve it.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 3, 2016 - 5:33PM

    @Ishrat Salim:
    Because we are in early stages of democracy. Imran tried to have party elections but failed miserably. It’s foolish to compare our democratic system with western countries and their political parties. They have history of centuries whereas we are still fighting hidden hands and dark forces. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 3, 2016 - 6:24PM

    A rational thinking person would think of landing in the prison because of hoarding illegal wealth in the Panama offshore accounts, unless the Papa comes forward and declares on oath that his children were not involved in the criminal deals?

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 3, 2016 - 6:41PM

    Maryam has what it takes to become the Prime Minister through the power of the ballot. Whosoever has a problem with it, can take a hike.Recommend

  • Umair
    Jun 3, 2016 - 7:18PM

    There should not be any problem with her contesting the elections if the party agrees. PMLN needs to democratize the party structure so that the most eligible person is elected to lead the country.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 3, 2016 - 8:06PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Maryam has what it takes to become the Prime Minister through the power of the ballot. Whosoever has a problem with it, can take a hike.

    Her profile in he world of internet is not very fvourable to support your judgement. Besides the Sharif era of the 20th century has finaly ended and the 21st century demands on the politicians are harder.

    Maryam Safdar was born in Lahore, Punjab. After graduating from Convent of Jesus and Mary school, she initially went to medical school but later continued her postgraduate studies at Punjab University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English literature.[3] She claims to hold a Masters degree in English literature and a doctorate in political science, though these claims have been under suspicion[4][5][6] Since 2011, she has been active in the politics, and currently serves as an aide in the Muslim League, (N)

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • salman
    Jun 3, 2016 - 8:33PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Agree, she has best attribute that all politicians desire; the ability to lie well.Recommend

  • johnpauljones
    Jun 3, 2016 - 8:57PM

    By party elders you mean your Aba Jee. What a joke…. in another news Hamza sharif was taken to hospital in emergency for sudden ailment of stomach gripes.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 3, 2016 - 9:14PM

    @Rex Minor:
    A doctorate from the University of Cambridge no less, and through distance-learning ?!?! Of course, the university quite clearly indicates in its prospectus how one has to go about earning a Phd, and distance- learning ain’t one of them !Recommend

  • Ussama Yaqub
    Jun 3, 2016 - 9:24PM

    Why do I get the feeling that the party elders will not only want her to contest elections in 2018 but also vehemently propose for her to be the next PM as well! A suggestion she will begrudgingly accept after much convincing!

    When the rules of the court are to take precedence over one another in show of loyalty, the outcome is usually very predictable! Ironic in an otherwise chaotic nation!Recommend

  • azhar
    Jun 3, 2016 - 9:27PM

    She is currently NS dependent.
    Once she will be PM NS will become her dependent. Recommend

  • Ishrat Salim
    Jun 3, 2016 - 10:48PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    2 wrong does not make one right. OTI election has been postponed not abandoned. They are at least trying. JI has done means others can do too if they have the political will. Why do we have to copy western democracy when we have no education though it is as per Constitution nor election commission is independent. None of the Parliamentarians seem interested to bring any change nor they are bothered about local govt. None of their actions are as required by democracy. Like this democracy will remain a dream Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jun 4, 2016 - 12:43AM

    @Haji Atiya:
    The doctoral dissertation is a key feature of Ph.D. programs. Students must research and write a dissertation, which is based on the candidate original research work. Strange that the lady graduates in english literature but then attempts to write a dissertation on post 9/11 radicalisation in Pakistan. I surely would be interested to read her dissertation and to know about her so called doctoral father or the so called Phd advisor. May be her research work might have taken her to Sheikh Osama in the neighbouring Afghanistan?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • NDA
    Jun 4, 2016 - 12:59AM

    It is time PML-N is re-titles as PML-National. This country is too sophisticated to be governed by parties which look like factions and groups. Also, bring in other PMLs to form a broad based party with national reach and mandate. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 4, 2016 - 2:05AM

    Who areyour elders- Nawaz Shareef your father with a repaired heart. Be Be go and look after your husband and children and of course your Trust in UKRecommend

  • Sohail
    Jun 4, 2016 - 5:19AM

    Ms Sharif any remorse? Any thought of those who are struggling in their lives because they chose to live an honest life….or any thought about those bigger than politics causes, such as education, alleviation of poverty etc

    Please save us from generational politics and dont become a part of an undesirable dynastical political culture. Be an EDHI!!!Recommend

  • Amna
    Jun 7, 2016 - 3:44PM

    Being the constant member of current political scenario maryam nawaz should be given the power to contest 2018 elections.Just like true father Maryam Nawaz will also emerge as a true daughter to the Pakistani and Muslim community InshaAllahRecommend

  • Hasan
    Jun 9, 2016 - 5:45AM

    If We The Pakistanis CONTINUE to support these families than We The Pakistanis deserve every bad thing in this world.
    Dear fellow Pakistanis, please do wake up and start using your brains. LEARN TO SAY “NO YOU CAN NOT”. We The Pakistanis deserve better. Pakistan is full of honest, intelligent women and men, both in and outside Pakistan.Recommend

  • Abcd
    Jun 11, 2016 - 6:42PM

    Return all the looted money and wealth…then run on merit if you dare…Recommend

  • a&a
    Jun 12, 2016 - 7:59AM

    @Abcd:
    Then they will ran out of money for the election campaign…..Recommend

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