PM Youth Loan Programme: Facing court challenges, Maryam calls it quits

Published: November 13, 2014
Maryam Nawaz's appointment was also challenged in the Islamabad High Court. PHOTO: RIAZ AHMED/EXPRESS

Maryam Nawaz's appointment was also challenged in the Islamabad High Court. PHOTO: RIAZ AHMED/EXPRESS


Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday resigned as chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Loan Programme, which she had been overseeing since November 22, 2013.

“I feel that this is an appropriate moment to hand over the resignation of the PM’s Youth Programme to another equally dedicated individual. This programme is here to stay and will touch new heights in days, weeks and months ahead; Inshallah,” said Maryam in an official statement.

Maryam’s resignation came a day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) “gave the government a chance to replace her” while hearing a challenge to her appointment filed by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf official Zubair Niazi. Her appointment was also challenged in the Islamabad High Court.

Sources in the PML-N said that Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC would decide the case on Friday but PTI chairman Imran Khan congratulated his supporters at his Wednesday rally in a bid to influence the court judgment.

They said Maryam Nawaz submitted her resignation to protect the judiciary from criticism.

The PML-N senior leadership also expressed reservations over Justice Shah, saying that he was from the chamber of PTI’s senior leader Hamid Ali Khan and espoused the agenda of the PTI chairman. Maryam Nawaz and her six-member staff served as volunteers and did not get a single penny for running the programme, they added.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 13th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Blithe
    Nov 13, 2014 - 3:29AM

    This was an honorary and volunteer role. It’s not such a big deal. And she has gracefully stepped away.

    The bigger news:

    Imran Khan, who has caused more damage to Pakistan than India could ever imagine, is now a wanted man by the antiterrorism court. It’s time to put this terrorist behind bar!

    This miscreant in chief orchestrated attacks against the parliament of Pakistan and the PTV building.


  • Nov 13, 2014 - 3:32AM

    Maryam,..does not need the money. She already filtered her percentage.
    After all she is Nawaz’s daughter.


  • Nov 13, 2014 - 4:26AM

    Those who appointed her should also resign. Those who indulged in such cronyism and nepotism should be behind the bars.


  • Satan
    Nov 13, 2014 - 4:52AM

    Yes. As if this would prevent people asking your Daddy to resign. As we learnt in schools – “Jhoota rota hai”. If your placement was based on any merit, why did you even think of resigning?


  • Amir
    Nov 13, 2014 - 7:43AM

    So this is how leaders run? Can not face the music. Because they know they have issues hidden in their closets.

    And as for volunteer. We all know they have the whole funds for their own use, so no need for salary.


  • Maria
    Nov 13, 2014 - 7:43AM

    Let’s hope Abba ji could learn something from daughter.


  • Parvez
    Nov 13, 2014 - 8:38AM

    A great administrative talent has been nipped in he bud. Thanks U-turn Khan.


  • pakistani
    Nov 13, 2014 - 9:20AM

    Go Maryam Go


  • Israr
    Nov 13, 2014 - 9:23AM

    It wasn’t difficult for Maryam to resign as she doesn’t need to work to survive. The real challenge will be for the PMLN to find someone to run the scheme on merit (which means someone from outside the family).


  • Fahad
    Nov 13, 2014 - 9:26AM

    So if hand-picked appointments from PM does not follow the basic requirements of the said job, just imagine how this govt. has/will fill the key positions… and then clap for this democracy .. or demo-crazy


  • Nov 13, 2014 - 10:21AM

    Honorary? So, she took the job knowing she has zero experience and only reason she will be on this job because her dad is a PM. I am sorry I don’t see any honor in this.

    Really? Have we read the happenings of the court proceedings prior to her resigning?


  • salim
    Nov 13, 2014 - 11:26AM

    Resignation will make no difference! Her ‘lady in waiting’ Marvii Menon has inherited the job. Strings will be pulled from behind the scene.


    Nov 13, 2014 - 2:20PM

    We would like to know about the qualifications submitted in the court. MA English literature and Phd Political Science!!! Nobody does Masters in one subject and PhD in another!


  • king
    Nov 13, 2014 - 5:28PM

    one of the guys here said the great administration has been nipped..can not laugh harder and cry louder for you being such ignorant..what makes her a good administrator? and if that is as big a honorary post why not PML N stood firm?


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