In a spirited address during electoral rallies in Khanewal, Maryam Nawaz, the Chief Organizer of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), issued a bold challenge to her adversaries, daring them to confront her in the political arena instead of evading the battle.
Addressing the crowd, Maryam Nawaz directed her remarks towards the founders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), questioning whether Nawaz Sharif ever encouraged violence against the memorial of martyrs, ordered police officers’ bones to be broken, or applied plaster to fake injuries. She refuted claims that Nawaz Sharif sought revenge, emphasizing that her father was not seeking retribution but rather leaving his matter in the hands of Allah.
Maryam Nawaz vehemently defended her party and her father, placing the blame for inflation not on Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N but rather asserting that the real culprits were those who claimed that if prices rose so high, who would come forward for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. She pointed to the massive turnout at PML-N gatherings as evidence that the responsibility for inflation lay not with Nawaz Sharif but with those who spread false narratives.
Drawing attention to the past, Maryam Nawaz accused the PTI of engaging in widespread electoral fraud during the 2018 elections. She highlighted that the Sharif family faced adversity, with Nawaz Sharif being ousted from power and his son denied a salary for not accepting it from the government.
Maryam Nawaz further questioned the PTI leadership, asking if they ever stood up against institutions or initiated attacks on state organizations. She argued that the challenges faced by Nawaz Sharif were not orchestrated by divine forces but rather a consequence of PTI’s encouragement of attacks on incarcerated youth.
In a scathing critique, Maryam Nawaz dismissed allegations of revenge by Nawaz Sharif and accused the PTI of falsely attributing blame. The title of the speech and the subsequent narrative underscored Maryam Nawaz’s assertion that real leaders do not flee the political arena but face challenges head-on, an implicit critique of those who, as she put it, left the field like cowards after leaving office in 2018.