Maryam urges institutions to stop supporting PTI govt


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz on Friday continued her rhetoric against the incumbent government and said it was a ‘wall of sand that needs one final push’.

Addressing a rally in Swat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, she urged the country’s institutions to withdraw their support of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

“I am telling the institutions of this country to withdraw their support of the PTI government. We do not want a clash with any institution,” said the daughter of the PML-N supremo.

Maryam reiterated that the only way for the country to prosper was to have “free and fair elections” and urged the people to vote for her party as the PML-N would “bring the same prosperity to K-P as it did to Punjab”.

“If the mandate of the people is not respected then there would be inflation, there would be a price hike for commodities and there would be lawlessness,” Maryam added.

Referring to Captain (retd) Safdar Awan’s earlier arrest in Karachi, Maryam said that she would have resigned had she been the head of the state for what happened that day.

Her father, ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, also launched a fresh attack on the security establishment and once again blamed the army and ISI chiefs for allegedly plotting his ouster for the power in 2018.

Sharif said that he “cannot blame the entire army for the lawlessness of a few individuals”.

In an interview with the BBC earlier, Maryam lowered her angry rhetoric and struck a conciliatory tone and hinted that she is not averse to the idea of negotiating with the “establishment” but the removal of the “fake government” would be a prerequisite for such negotiations to take place.

Maryam drew angry rebuke for what critics call an invitation to those who she and her father Nawaz Sharif have been criticising for overstepping their constitutional mandate to topple a democratically elected government.

She had claimed that the “establishment” had approached some of her close associates for talks, though she hastened to add that nobody had directly contacted her.

The PML-N vice-president ruled out negotiations with the government saying it would be a “sin” to negotiate with them even if it is for steering out of crises. “In my opinion, Imran Khan and PTI are not a big issue because I do not consider them political people. My party and I are fighting against the mindset that they represent; they represent everything that must be eradicated from Pakistan.”