On Sunday night, I was at our dear colleague Hassan Ahmed’s wedding reception, debating politics with seasoned journalism colleagues and politician Attaullah Tarrar. One of my colleagues drew my attention to my earlier back-to-back Side Mirror columns, alleging they were biased towards the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
I smiled and admitted that the blame was skewed against the government’s and Maryam Nawaz’s positions on key issues. The friend, on the other hand, urged me to perform a balancing act, as we say in journalism.
I asked him a direct question: “Who, in your opinion, caused today’s catastrophic situation?” He dodged my question by claiming that something positive will arise from the chaos. He did, however, say that whatever the conclusion, what we are seeing today has been going on for a long time and has become unsustainable.
Imran Khan is the man behind the current round of problems.
Because every crisis provides chances and positive consequences, Imran Khan, whether you like him or not, should be credited for causing the crisis and calling wrong what is wrong. He did this, however, following a disagreement with his main military supporters. Imran Khan adopted a “slash and burn” approach and set out to topple the entire structure of the system, in contrast to other politicians who, in similar circumstances in the past, withdrew to their lairs to lick their wounds and survive to fight another day.
Maryam Nawaz has chosen the same road that Imran Khan did previously, but without hesitating.
She was forced to speak out because of the sacred cows’ policies, which violated constitutional and civilian power. Maryam Nawaz is attempting to create her politics. To rescue her party from the people’s wrath for superinflation, she distanced herself from the coalition government’s policies, claiming that the N-League was not accountable for its performance. She claims that this is not her government.
When will her government be formed?
She claims that when Nawaz Sharif comes to Pakistan, our government would be in charge. During meetings with party workers, the PML-N leader tries to exonerate her party of responsibility for the economic and other difficulties by claiming that she was not a member of the coalition government.
She says that the PML-N could not be held responsible for the performance of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
“Our government will be constituted when Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan. Only Nawaz is capable of moving Pakistan ahead.”
The PML-N-led coalition government faces mounting criticism over surging inflation and increasing food costs ahead of the general elections later this year.
Maryam Nawaz has been actively engaging with young people and visiting educational institutions since her return from the United Kingdom to hear their perspectives on issues affecting our country. This is a huge step towards developing a more robust and inclusive political culture in Pakistan.
The PML-N, in particular Maryam Nawaz, holds that Pakistan’s youth not only represent our nation’s future but also it is present. It’s crucial to interact with them and provide them with the information they need to choose wisely for their future. By doing this, we can guarantee that the voices of the future generation are heard and taken into account in our democracy. The vice president of the PML-N has been working hard to schedule meetings with the party’s young leaders to ensure participation.
While writing this, I’m watching a TV show discussing the by-election for Rajanpur’s NA-193 constituency, in which Imran Khan’s Mohsin Khan Leghari won with 90,392 votes, followed by Maryam Nawaz’s Ammar Awais Leghari with 55,218 votes. Sardar Akhtar Hasan Gorchani of the PPP came in third with 20,074 votes, followed by Mehmood Ahmed of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) with 3,961. After the death of PTI MNA Sardar Mohammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, the seat became vacant.