ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz vice president Maryam Nawaz has said NAB had “no proof” to give to the court in the Avenfield reference. The bureau had previously been filing applications for daily hearings but was now filing application for adjournment, she said.
Commenting on the results of the KP polls, Maryam said “a respectable person would have said goodbye” and left office. In the future, there would be no people willing to contest elections on PTI tickets as it would come to be seen as a symbol of “disgrace”, she added.
She advised those who would contest on PTI tickets “to go [asking for votes] with helmets” because the people were angry at the ruling party’s performance due to the way they were “crushed by inflation, historic incompetence and failure” and how the 5.8 per cent economic growth rate achieved during the PML-N government’s tenure was “driven into the ground”.
Calling the results decisions by people from across the country, Maryam said this was the “first sitting government that lost by-elections one by one”.
“They were incapable of fighting the by-election in Lahore and got relief on technical grounds,” she said and recalled the Khanewal by-poll in which the PML-N candidate defeated PTI’s candidate by more than 10,000 votes.
She termed the results of KP by-polls a “shameful, worst” indictment of the PTI, saying, “If he (Prime Minister Imran Khan) was a respectable man, he would have said goodbye and left”.
“I think it is valid to say today that the opportunity is still there [for PM Imran to] leave the people alone [and] say I am unsuccessful and I cannot run this country.”
The PML-N president also congratulated the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) — which managed to grab the highest number of mayor / chairman seats in the elections for 39 tehsils of KP — for its “tremendous performance”.