‘Marriage of convenience’ won’t last for long: Maryam Nawaz

Maryam Nawaz decries censorship of media, says her struggle will keep on evolving

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LAHORE: PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said on Thursday that the marriage of convenience between the PTI and those who had allegedly ‘selected’ the government would not last for long.

Maryam was giving an interview to The Voice of America. The PML-N vice president said that she would continue the fight for the rule of law in the country not only for her father but for the sake of the entire country.

“This does not concern me only,” she said. “Yes, I am his (Nawaz Sharif’s) daughter and who else will fight for him if not me? Yet this is a larger issue and it concerns the people of Pakistan,” she added.

Maryam said that the ‘marriage of convenience’ between the PTI and those who had selected Imran Khan would not last long.

“You remove these crutches on which this government is functioning and they will fall flat on their faces,” said Maryam. “This marriage of convenience will also not last long, it will be exposed,” she added.

Maryam said that she had been punished for taking a tough stand and not bowing down to pressure.

“I was first implicated in the Dawn Leaks issue which was not my fault,” she said. “Then, I was sent to jail where I did everything–I washed clothes, did the dishes and ate food which was consumed by rats,” she added. “However, I learnt a lot. In that cubicle, they made me stronger.”

Maryam said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was afraid of the word selected as it projected the truth.

“Why are you so afraid of the word selected? Why did you get it banned in the parliament? Now the whole world is calling him selected,” she said.

Maryam said that she would keep on fighting for her father and that her strategy would keep on evolving with time.
“As circumstances change, so will my strategy. For the time being, I am addressing rallies and speaking to the people. We will see what comes up next,” she said.

Maryam said that she was not holding back on exposing further evidence from the people.

“I am just being responsible,” she said. “As a daughter, I want to do everything I can for my father. However, I do not want institutions to clash hence I am being responsible at the moment.”

The PML-N vice president condemned the censorship on media houses and journalists. She said that this was the first time in the country where a ‘facade’ of democracy was in place and measures to gag the media, journalists, and politicians were taking place.

“I gave an interview to a journalist a few days ago and it was censored just 10 minutes into the interview. Last week, three prominent journalists were asked to deactivate their Twitter accounts. This cannot go on for long,” she said.

Maryam said that as a woman, she had to prove herself within her party as well.

“Historically, traditionally and intrinsically, the PML-N is a male-dominated party,” she said. “When a woman wants to achieve something or has principles on which she chooses to stand, then she faces a more scathing resistance.”
However, Maryam thanked the masses for not resorting to gender discrimination and giving her support whenever she needed it.