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PPP to clear its position on Senate election before joining PDM again: Maryam Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: PML-N Vice-President Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz criticized the government for rising inflation in the country. She said the PTI government had destroyed the economy and made the lives of people miserable.

Talking to media after attending a hearing in Islamabad High Court on Tuesday, Maryam said that no new alliance was in the making as PDM was still the same and PML-N position regarding its demand from the PPP to clear its position on Senate election was the same.

Maryam Nawaz fully endorsed PML-N leader Khaqan Abbasi’s point of view regarding his objection to the inclusion of PPP into the PDM without giving a pretty good reason as to why it had ditched the PML-N and other opposition parties on the issue of Senate elections.

She said Abbasi was right and the PML-N stance was not different from that of Abbasi’s.

Maryam said Shehbaz threw a dinner party in honour of parliamentary leaders in his capacity as Opposition Leader in the National Assembly. She said since she was not a parliamentarian, hence no invitation to the dinner. If Shehbaz was present at someplace, there was no need for anybody else to be present.

Maryam said that they had the magical number in Punjab Assembly necessary to topple CM Usman Buzdar’s government in the province.

She hit hard the PTI government for fidgeting with the economic indicators only to show a false growth rate. She lamented that poverty was on the rise while the government was toying with the numbers.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court held a hearing into the appeals against the jail terms of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt (R) Safdar Mehmood on Tuesday.

The division benches comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar heard the petitions.

Maryam and her husband Capt (R) Safdar attended the hearing but their lawyer Amjad Pervez could not make it to the court.

During the hearing, Justice Amir Farooq asked PML-N counsel Azam Nazir Tarrar why he was sitting in the rear seat. Then he asked him to come down to the rostrum.

Justice Amir asked who would be the pleader in the Nawaz Sharif case?

The justice said the court could either adjourn the hearing in the event of the absence of a pleader or it could set aside the appeal.

The NAB counsel Bharwana pleaded to the court to reject the appeals on the grounds of the absence of any pleader for Nawaz Sharif.

The court adjourned the hearing for two weeks saying the next hearing will be on June 9.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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