Why official protocol for criminal Maryam Nawaz, asks Imran

Published: July 5, 2017
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Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Special Branch Arsala Saleem picks up a pen for Prime Minister's daughter Maryam Nawaz from the floor as she arrives at the Federal Judicial Academy to record her statement before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating Sharif family’s alleged offshore assets. PHOTO: ONLINE

Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Special Branch Arsala Saleem picks up a pen for Prime Minister's daughter Maryam Nawaz from the floor as she arrives at the Federal Judicial Academy to record her statement before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating Sharif family’s alleged offshore assets. PHOTO: ONLINE

PESHAWAR: Calling the prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz ‘a criminal’, the PTI chief Imran Khan on Wednesday lambasted the PML-N government for providing her VVIP protocol at her appearance before the Panamagate Joint investigation Team (JIT).

“This is a criminal investigation and Maryam should appear like a criminal not a like princess as her name has appeared in Panama Papers and two judges of the Supreme Court have declared his father [PM Nawaz Sharif] a criminal,” Imran said on Wednesday while addressing a ceremony at Chitral University.

“Why a private citizen like Maryam Nawaz is getting official protocol with police saluting her as she goes to appear before the JIT for criminal investigation?,” he asked, adding: “It is responsibility of the investigation team to probe the criminal, who is being presented by the government as innocent.”

Imran said the nation must decide once and for all whether Pakistan is a democracy or a monarchy. “Pakistan is a democracy not a monarchy and it is illegal to offer such protocol to a criminal.”

Separately, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said Maryam Nawaz should have apologised for her ‘lies’ rather than asking the nation to define the allegations for which her family was being investigated.

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Questioning the source of earning of Maryam’s husband Captain (retd) Safdar, he quipped that his ‘meager income’ would barely enable her to travel between Mansehra and Islamabad in her own car, let alone live like a ‘Princess of Arabia’.

Fawad said it was the legitimate right of the people to question rulers over methods used by their children to obtain multibillion dollar properties abroad.

“How they [the PM’s children] got super rich in their teens? Did they invent something special? Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been running Pakistan like a money making factory. His politics is based on money and corruption,” he said.

The PTI chairman went on to add that “the Pakistani nation must decide once and for all whether we are a democracy or a Badshahat.”

He alleged that the PM had appointed his cronies at the helms of the Federal Board of Revenue, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, the Intelligence Bureau and the Federal Investigation Agency to ruin the system.

He said hundreds of people were behind bars in Pakistan on corruption charges. “Was it their fault that they kept their looted money in Pakistan? The rulers accumulated assets worth billions of rupees through looted money and now they are asking for reasons of investigation against them.”

Criticising Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the PTI spokesperson claimed that Dar’s sons had 20 to 25 billion dirham worth of properties in the United Arab Emirates and owned a fleet of cars costing millions. “They live in a 15 billion dirham villa on Emirates Hill. Dar should tell the nation how they accumulated these assets.”

Meanwhile, PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood said the JIT had every right to summon the PM’s daughter for interrogation. He was talking to a group of journalists at the National Press Club in Islamabad.

“It is surprising that Maryam has questioned the justification of her summons for interrogation but the entire nation knows why she was called,” he said.

He said when Maryam’s husband Capt (retd) Safdar appeared before the JIT, he responded to its questions by saying that his wife knew the details. “This ultimately led to Maryam being summoned by the JIT to respond to those questions. So nobody should be surprised,” he added.

He also urged the Supreme Court to take action against speeches of the ministers who were threatening the JIT members. “The JIT should investigate how Ishaq Dar became a billionaire, how the ruling elite laundered black money and how the London flats were purchased,” he said.

[WITH ADDITIONAL INPURT FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS IN LAHORE & ISLAMABAD]

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Reader Comments (15)

  • M.Sethi
    Jul 5, 2017 - 10:09PM

    Maryam Sharif ,is not a common woman,by any means she is the first daughter of the country by virtue of her, father being the Chief Executive of the country and does deserve the special security protocol.

    It is small mindset people who make such petty issues and raise a hue and cry.What a shame,really :)Recommend

  • Khan
    Jul 6, 2017 - 12:08AM

    @ M.Sethi..Nope. Not on our watch. she’s the daughter of a chief executive declared corrupt by two senior most judges. And lets not forget how Nawaz treated Benazir, Sheiila Raza and even Sharmila Farooqi. I hope Maryam goes behind barsRecommend

  • Freelance
    Jul 6, 2017 - 2:09AM

    In which official capacity the man of principles was using KP Govt. helicopter lately when he was enjoying holidays in northern area with his kids- don’t preach what you don’t practice!Recommend

  • Shah S
    Jul 6, 2017 - 2:43AM

    She is nothing but a baighairat tax evasing thief, liar and a cheat; This woman police officer who was there is a slave mentality idiot; She should be punished and taken to court for dishonoring the Pakistan uniform which she was wearing.. saluting the accused thief, liar and a cheat coming to Judicial Complex to face JIT inquiry on her cheating and not paying taxes; She is a crook, even her BMW she was sitting in had a false number plate of a bike; shameless creatures evading taxes and stealing money of my country; Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Jul 6, 2017 - 3:18AM

    She should get whatever security protocol the daughter of a PM in Pakistan gets. What is more disturbing to me that she arrived in a BMW that had a plate that was registered as a 125cc Honda motorcycle. That just shows the mentality of our ruling “elite” that they are above the law and can do however they please. Recommend

  • Amar
    Jul 6, 2017 - 3:48AM

    Every first family in the world gets special treatment. I don’t know where Imran Khan is getting his information from. Also she isn’t a criminal as nothing is proved. What job is it of Imran Khan to use kpk government helicopters as he isn’t a kpk office bearer? Also jalsas and rioting isn’t helping the people of kpk since 2013 what have u done in kpk NOTHINGRecommend

  • Seriously?
    Jul 6, 2017 - 7:13AM

    @ M.Sethi It is unbelievable how beautifully you have justified an illegal and immoral thing. What kind of mindset do PMLN supporters have that the sweat and blood money of Pakistan is being wasted sometimes in the form of Prizes and now security protocol?Recommend

  • haider
    Jul 6, 2017 - 7:57AM

    protocol is only given to government or public resprentatives of this country. If Maryam Nawaz deserves protocol then people like u have no right to complain when load shedding takes place in your house.This is what u voted forRecommend

  • Beenish Nadeem
    Jul 6, 2017 - 9:21AM

    There is nothing wrong in giving security to Maryam Nawaz.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jul 6, 2017 - 9:26AM

    Why official protocol is given to Imran Khan? He also does not have any public designation. Is he any Chief Minister or Prime Minister? He is just head of a political party.
    Likewise Maryam is also an important figure in the biggest political party.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Jul 6, 2017 - 11:02AM

    Shame on Imran Khan, he is stooping very low in every manner.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jul 6, 2017 - 1:58PM

    @M.Sethi:
    No one salutes Obama’s daughters. This is an enslaved mindset.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jul 6, 2017 - 4:33PM

    @Freelance:
    People of KP voted IK. They will question IK in next elections not Parvez Khattak or Asad Qaiser. He should do whatever he can to deliver. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jul 6, 2017 - 8:11PM

    @Khan:

    If the first daughter does not deserve protocol because her father is corrupt, why Imran Niazi does when his father Ikramullah “Three Na Three” Niazi was convicted and fired for corruption? Recommend

  • lawstudent
    Jul 25, 2017 - 10:45PM

    On what basis is the PTI spokesperson commenting on her husbands earnings and whether or not he could accommodate her travels between “Mansehra and Islamabad”? I mean really, how do Imran Khan and his party expect to be taken seriously while demonstrating such a lack of decency. As for the alleged “protocol” demonstrated by the SSP by saluting Maryam Nawaz, the SSP is also at the end of the day a private citizen and can salute anyone she clearly seems to admire. Would the PTI put out a similar statement if this SSP saluted any member of Imran Khan’s family? Instead of relentlessly shooting at the wall to see what sticks, they should seek proof to support there countless allegations against the Nawaz administration; and present it to the Pakistani people. It’s a shame that Pakistan’s government and corrupt political system remain the cause for decades of instability, which were pivotal to establishing us as a country. One can only be hopeful for the future.Recommend

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