SKARDU/RAWALPINDI: In a mysterious development, PML-N’s senior vice president, Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz Sharif has expressed willingness to engage with the military establishment, provided that the establishment ended its support for the PTI government.
Speaking to BBC Urdu, Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz Sharif confirmed that the establishment had reached out to her representatives several times but did not directly reach out to her.
“The start of talks from the PDM platform could be considered provided the fake government is sent home,” Maryam said, hinting towards the possibility of a dialogue with the military establishment on the platform of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
“The army is my institution. We will definitely talk but within the ambit of the Constitution.”
Maryam Nawaz said that it would be unacceptable if anyone “tries to step out of the batting crease and play”, signifying that all agreements would be made according to the principles defined by the Constitution of Pakistan.
“Things will be discussed within the (scope) that has been laid down by the Constitution. And [talks] will now be held in front of the people, not in secret.”
Maryam Nawaz clarified that she is not against any institutions. “I am not against [institutions] but I think this government will have to go home if we are to move forward,” she said.
“The dialogue will now take place with the people of Pakistan. And it has already begun. And it is taking place so well that the fake government is nervous.
“And they are so nervous that they do not understand how to react and in their panic, they are making such mistakes that it confounds the mind. The biggest stakeholders in this country are the people.”
Taking to Twitter, senior journalist Hamid Mir asked his followers whether Maryam had made the right decision.