LAHORE: PML-N Vice President Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz on Saturday quelled rumours that her uncle Shehbaz Sharif was part of any plan to neutralise her father Nawaz Sharif.
Maryam claimed that Mian Shehbaz Sharif would have become the prime minister if he betrayed his brother but “Shehbaz rejected all offers”.
PML-N’s Vice President made these remarks whilst conversing with the media at her residence in Jati Umra before she left for Sindh where she has been invited by the PPP for a mega rally on the occasion of the death anniversary of Pakistan.
Maryam Nawaz was asked why Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) secretary-general Muhammad Ali Durrani visited her uncle Shehbaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail. It has been claimed that Durrani allegedly went to convey a message from party chief Sibghatullah Rashidi, better known as the Pir of Pagaro, instead of approaching Maryam or other leaders.
Previously, PMLN Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif had rejected calls for a grand national dialogue.
Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz responded by saying that the party had received several messages, including from government ministers, for negotiations but after not getting a response, “people were being sent” for negotiations to meet the incarcerated leader.
Maryam Nawaz Sharif questioned how “such personalities” were allowed to visit Shehbaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail without any “issues or obstacles” while even his family was not allowed to meet him. “This clears a lot of things,” she said.
She also dispelled rumours that Shehbaz was considering going against his brother Nawaz, saying that it had been “proven in the past and today that Shehbaz Sharif is very loyal to his brother and his party”.
“If he was not loyal, then there would be no need to bring this inefficient prime minister to power, [Shehbaz] would have been made prime minister. He has rejected all such offers and the proof of that is him and his son being in jail,” she added.