Maryam Nawaz has recently been appointed as the senior vice-president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. With this promotion, she will carry forward the political legacy of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sources said that there was no consultation before this appointment.
Maryam Nawaz has recently been appointed as the senior vice-president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. With this promotion, she will carry forward the political legacy of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, due to this decision, there is a lot of uneasiness in the experienced second level leadership of the party.
Sources said that there was no consultation before this appointment. According to The News report, Maryam Nawaz has now become the third most powerful figure in the party after father Nawaz Sharif and uncle of the current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The News reported that several senior party leaders are upset with the appointment.
The Supreme Court tightened its grip on Nawaz Sharif
Maryam Nawaz has formally become the second most senior leader in the party after Shahbaz Sharif following a recent notification issued by the PML-N president. Officially, Nawaz Sharif cannot hold any position in the PML-N due to the decision of the Supreme Court. However, he remains the supreme leader of the party.
No advice was taken from any leader of the party
A senior PML-N leader confress in the News that the decision was undemocratic. Its aim is to carry forward Sharif’s political legacy. He said hardly any senior party leader outside the Sharif family was consulted while making the appointment.
Sharif family has the right to sit on every important post
Maryam Nawaz is now the second most senior after President Shehbaz Sharif, being both the senior vice president and the chief organizer. One of the PML-N leaders expressed grief that Sharif family or people closely related to them have the first right to occupy every important post in the party or government.
She said that the supreme leader of PML-N is Nawaz Sharif. Her younger brother is the President of PML-N and also the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, is the senior vice-president and chief organizer of the PMLN. Hamza Shahbaz, the elder son of Shahbaz Sharif, is the leader of the opposition in Punjab.
Everyone was ignored for Hamza
Overlooking all others, Hamza was chosen as the chief minister of Punjab last year, reports The News. At that time his father became the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Many in the party think that the likes of Khwaja Saad Rafiq and Malik Ahmed Khan would have been better choices for the post of Chief Minister of Punjab. But the Sharif family decided in favor of their own son. However, Hamza could remain the Chief Minister of Punjab for barely a few months.
Nawaz’s sons are not interested in politics
Neither of the two sons of Nawaz Sharif is interested in politics. Shehbaz Sharif’s younger son Suleman Shahbaz is looking after the family business. The News reported that Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law and Maryam’s husband Captain (R) Safdar is the youth wing president of the PML-N.
According to a PML-N leader, Junaid Safdar, son of Maryam Nawaz, is also being promoted by the social media team. However, he has not yet joined politics.