‘You have no future, no party anymore’: Maryam Nawaz warns Imran Khan

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz taunted the government on Thursday, saying that those who were trying to break up the PML-N were themselves disintegrating.

Addressing a general council meeting of the PML-N, Maryam Nawaz thanked the party's lawmakers for voting for PPP's Yousaf Raza Gilani — the PDM's joint candidate — during the Senate elections.

Gilani had pulled off an upset victory, beating Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh from the Islamabad seat by securing 169 votes. Shaikh received 164 votes.

"I pay tribute to all 83 parliamentarians who accepted Nawaz Sharif's narrative," she said. "Our parliamentarians observed discipline and voted for Yousaf Raza Gilani.

Referring to her father, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as a "trendsetter", Maryam heaped praise on him, saying that whenever he decides to do something, the PML-N supremo does so.

"They say Nawaz Sharif's narrative is too heavy for anyone to carry. The weight of Nawaz's narrative was carried by the PML-N workers," she said, adding that the slogan of "Vote Ko Izzat Do" was being accepted by people across the country.

'Imran knew he would be defeated from the very beginning'

The PML-N leader said that the prime minister knew, right from the very beginning, that he was headed for defeat in the Senate elections.

She claimed that because the premier knew he would be defeated in the polls, he had tried to introduce ordinances and had "dragged the Supreme Court" when it came to the Senate elections.

"Where was your democracy sleeping, when you … selectors rigged the Senate elections a few years ago when Bizenjo tried to become the Senate chairperson and despite Opposition parties have more numbers, lost it?" she asked.

Maryam taunted the prime minister, saying that how could he seek a vote of confidence from his own people after accusing them of selling out for money.

"Where will you secure the vote of confidence of the masses, who defeated you in the recent by-elections," she asked.