NA-120 by-poll: Sit-ins, Panama, Aqama all part of a conspiracy: Maryam

Published: August 29, 2017
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Maryam Nawaz addresses party activists and supporters in Mazang, Lahore on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. PHOTO: Screengrab

Maryam Nawaz addresses party activists and supporters in Mazang, Lahore on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. PHOTO: Screengrab

LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s political scion, Maryam Nawaz, has said opposition parties’ 2014 sit-ins, Panama Papers and the subsequent controversy with regard to Sharif’s Aqama [or work permit for UAE] were all part of a conspiracy whose target was her father.

“Sit-ins, Panama and Aqama were all a pretext. Nawaz Sharif was the real target,” Maryam said on Tuesday as she formally inaugurated election campaign for her mother Begam Kalsum Nawaz at Lahore’s NA-120 constituency.

Kalsum, who is currently in London for treatment of cancer, is contesting by-polls for the seat that fell vacant on July 28 after the Supreme Court’s five-judge bench disqualified former PM Nawaz Sharif for hiding his assets in his nomination papers for 2013 polls.

Addressing the workers gathered at the inaugural, she said that NA-120 had elected Nawaz Sharif three times and all the three times he had become the prime minister of Pakistan.

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“Is NA-120 ready to elect the prime minister the fourth time?” she asked the enthusiastic PML-N workers, hinting at the possibility that Kalsum might be the next PM, if elected as MNA from NA-120.

She said on 17 September voters from NA-120 would reject the ‘politics of puppets’ and avenge themselves for, what she called, ‘disrespect’ of their votes. She said the cases against Nawaz Sharif that started from Panama and ended on Aqama, prove that Nawaz Sharif is honest and righteous.

She said conspiracies against Sharif continued for four years, but he kept serving the people of Pakistan and gave them projects like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), metro trains, network of roads, orange train and electricity projects.

“Nawaz Sharif kept his silence for four years, but now that he is speaking his heart out, the opponents are raising objections,” she said.

She asked the audience how could a premier, who had given Pakistan the CPEC, motorways, atomic power and network of roads, be disqualified. “How can political parties criticising development projects especially of Lahore, come to the NA-120 to ask for votes,” she added.

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Prior to inauguration, she went to Data Darbar to pay homage to the Sufi saint. She also held meeting with PML-N workers at Mall Road. Maryam also opened the PML-N election office at Mozang, Safain Wala Chowk.

Earlier it was planned that Maryam would begin the election campaign after Eidul Azha. However several leaders advised to begin the election campaign forthwith and to avoid wasting any more time.

Maryam began meeting PML-N political workers and leaders from Saturday and has held back to back meetings in connection with the election campaign for her mother at Sharif’s Model Town residence.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Salman
    Aug 29, 2017 - 8:51PM

    Almost feel sad for her. The answer is yes, such a person can be disqualified for concealing assets. Less then two weeks for NAB cases to be filed!Recommend

  • yousaf
    Aug 29, 2017 - 9:30PM

    Supreme Court has declared Nawaz to be a plunderer not a pawn,which is a most honorable profession as compared to someone who lives off on unearned income by plundering the wealth of nation.The tax money of poor “pawns”Recommend

  • Asim
    Aug 29, 2017 - 9:30PM

    hmmp…why doesn’t she tell who is the pawn of former dictator Zia Ul Haq, her disqualified fatherRecommend

  • Ali
    Aug 29, 2017 - 10:00PM

    Shouldn’t Maryam SAFDAR be in jail for providing falsified documents to the JTI?
    Most people who are caught telling such obvious lies would hide their faces in shame.
    You have the makings of the perfect politician.Recommend

  • Sean
    Aug 29, 2017 - 10:41PM

    She is responsible for disqualifying her father, and I am confident and sure, she will get her Mom disqualified too.Recommend

  • arfan aslam khan
    Aug 29, 2017 - 11:25PM

    At what account maryam is allowed to address public while there is nothing wrong with her mother,its all made up stories as her dad is here as well for so called health check,and also Humza is here as well.HER mother is well,as you will hear soon that doctors have cleared her of anny illness.i do not believe that the SC have no power to jail these thieves for a long time.And nor Zadri is also free and Asim is allowed to travel abroad on medical grounds.What a joke.Recommend

  • Nadir Sadiq
    Aug 30, 2017 - 2:21AM

    This whole family has lost all the marbles.Recommend

  • Me
    Aug 30, 2017 - 9:09AM

    Wow. Prime minister of Iceland and many world leaders faced courts all because of Nawaz Sharif as someone wanted to target himRecommend

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