PML-N not afraid of elections, says Maryam upon return to Pakistan

Party’s senior vice president says Ishaq Dar will steer country out of economic crisis

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) senior Vice President and Chief Organizer Maryam Nawaz Saturday said that her party isn’t scared of going into polls.

She was addressing party workers after landing in Lahore after a gap of almost four months. Maryam went to London in October last year to meet her father and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

She has been given the most important role within the party when promoted as the senior vice president while she was also made the chief organizer.

It was Maryam’s first address to PML-N workers after getting the recent responsibility to ‘reorganize’ the party. “We’ll meet on a daily basis as I am starting my schedule of public rallies from February 1 across the Punjab,” Maryam said ahead of polls in Punjab.

Addressing the charged crowd upon her arrival, Maryam said that Nawaz Sharif’s government was ousted thrice while he was forced to leave the country twice. “Nawaz Sharif is still the most popular leader of Pakistan and he will be among all of you soon,” Maryam said.

“I am really grateful to Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif for reposing confidence in me as they gave me an important responsibility within the party. I’ll not sit idle for even a day,” said Maryam.

It is worth mentioning here that she is now the third-most powerful leader within the party after Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif.

According to Maryam Nawaz, July 2017 was a great tragedy for Pakistan when her father Nawaz Sharif was ousted but said that all characters behind that “conspiracy are gone and part of history now”.

She further added that her party will strive hard to get Pakistan out of prevailing crises. “Nawaz Sharif pulled Pakistan out of crises three times,” Maryam said.

The chief organizer of PML-N said that it is a reality that “we are facing hyperinflation these days but time isn’t far when Pakistan will make progress under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif”.

Speaking to jubilant supporters waving party flags, she said, “The point that four years of disqualification, incompetence and neglect have made the economy reach today, it will take some time but have faith in Ishaq Dar [and] God. We’ll take the economy out of this [quagmire].”

The affirmation comes a day after the State Bank of Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves dropped to a new nine-year low of $3.68 billion during the week ending on Jan 20.

A day ago, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar held PTI Chairman Imran Khan “solely responsible” for the destruction of Pakistan’s economy and challenged him to a live debate on the country’s economy.

Taking a jibe at former premier Imran Khan, she said that he was “crying” after dissolving his governments in the two provinces.

Maryam hoped that her party would win the next elections with a heavy majority and Khan will have to “cry for the rest of his life.

Upon her arrival at Lahore Airport earlier, Maryam tweeted: “Pak sar zameen shad bad.”

The PML-N’s official Twitter account shared a video of a “sea of people eagerly waiting” to welcome her. Hundreds of people can be seen waving flags and holding party banners while a party anthem plays in the background.

A change was made for the route of Maryam Nawaz from Airport to Jati Umrah. She was earlier supposed to reach her residence after addressing party workers at different points of Lahore but the change was made in the plan. Maryam was taken to Jati Umrah through Ring Road instead of the main city.

She was taken to Jati Umrah amid tight security after addressing the workers at just one point. After reaching her Raiwind farmhouse, Maryam visited the grave of her mother and other family members.

Earlier in the day, severe mismanagement was seen in the reception of Maryam Nawaz as several PML-N senior leaders couldn’t make to reach the stage.

PML-N Punjab Information Secretary Azma Bukhari was seen complaining of mismanagement on part of party’s Lahore chapter as she wasn’t given access to the stage.