Govts that enjoy public support not allowed to function: Maryam

PML-N leader says leaked audio clip only ‘tip of iceberg’ of Imran’s corruptionParty sacrificing its ‘political capital’ by taking tough decisions for country’s sake

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Monday said Pakistan is still struggling to fulfil its basic needs as governments that enjoyed public support were not allowed to function.

Addressing her party’s social media team in Lahore, the PML-N vice president said: “Seventy-five years have passed with us hearing that the country is at a crucial stage and that it is going through a delicate time.” She said that there were many reasons for this, one of which was that governments elected through the people’s mandate, which focus on their needs and enjoyed public support, were not allowed to function.

As a result, the process of development that is initiated each time comes to a grinding halt, she regretted. “Instead of moving forward, the country goes backwards. This is the reason why even after 75, 76 years, Pakistan is still struggling for its basic needs.” Maryam went on to say that the PML-N had come into power during “the most challenging time” in an effort to save the country from a myriad of looming crises.

She said that before the new government assumed charge, the economy was on the ventilator, Pakistan’s relations with the global community had suffered, and the country was on the verge of defaulting. The PML-N leader also blamed the “inexperience and incompetence” of the PTI government for the country’s current economic crisis.

The PML-N leader also talked about an audio clip allegedly featuring business tycoon Malik Riaz and his daughter talking about Farah Khan – a close friend of Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi. She alleged that Imran’s Bani Gala residence was the “headquarters of corruption” during the PTI government’s tenure.

PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz has said that a leaked audio tape – purportedly a conversation between the Bahria Town chief and his daughter – revealing how Farah Gogi ‘demanded a gift’ for former first lady Bushra Bibi is just a “tip of the iceberg” of former prime minister Imran Khan’s corruption.

“Farah Gogi was only a front person and the real beneficiary was Imran Khan,” Maryam said. She alleged that Farah, a close friend of the former first lady, received bribes for the transfer and posting of officials through former Punjab chief minster Usman Buzdar. “Bani Gala [residence of former PM Imran] was the headquarters of corruption… this latest audio clip is an eye-opener,” she added. The PML-N leader said her party is sacrificing its ‘political capital’ by taking tough decisions for the country’s sake.