Says he stood by Nawaz Sharif ‘unwaveringly’
PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz said on Monday that Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif was arrested because he remained “loyal” and “committed” to his brother Nawaz Sharif, despite serious efforts to separate them.
“Not only he didn’t leave his brother but remained loyal and committed to him and his cause,” Maryam said at a fiery press conference in Lahore.
The NA opposition leader was arrested from the Lahore High Court after his bail plea was rejected Monday morning.
Maryam said Shehbaz was not arrested for the sake of accountability but for standing by Nawaz Sharif.
“He stood by his brother unwaveringly,” she said. Shehbaz believed the “politics of reconciliation” was better but he always stood by his brother and accepted his decisions, Maryam added.
The former first daughter mocked the government while calling for an investigation against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aide General (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa.
“If law and justice existed in Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif would not have been arrested but General Asim Saleem Bajwa would have been arrested,” she said.
Bajwa was a “salaried employee” while Shehbaz’s father was a known businessman, Maryam said.
“Does anyone have the courage to send a notice to Asim Saleem Bajwa,” she questioned.
The PML-N vice-president said that PM Khan fears that Shehbaz would replace him if he gave him any space.
‘The whole party supports Nawaz Sharif’s narrative’
“Although Mian sahib and my narrative is not an easy burden to carry, a majority of the PML-N is standing by us,” Maryam said. “They don’t only consider Nawaz Sharif their leader but their imam too.”
Shehbaz’s arrest would not hurt the opposition’s anti-government movement but it would add “fire” to it, she said.
Maryam also spoke about the meeting between party leader Mohammad Zubair and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. She said the ISPR DG should not have commented on a “personal meeting”.
“The DG ISPR should also comment on serious [things] relating to national interest,” the PML-N leader said. “He should not have become a party in this matter and given political colour to a personal meeting.”