Maryam blames ‘delay’ in getting grandma’s death news on government

Minister asks Nawaz’ daughter if family was due to inform or government

By: News Desk      Published: 11:01 PM, 22 Nov, 2020
Maryam blames ‘delay’ in getting grandma’s death news on government
Mayam Nawaz with other PDM leaders moments before she leaves Peshawar for Lahore.–TV grab

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, said on Sunday that she got the news of her grandmother’s death with a two-hour delay due to suspension of cellular phone services and no government official was humane enough to inform her of the sad demise.

 “My father and other family members kept on attempting to contact me but to no avail. I left the public meeting of PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) for Lahore as soon as I heard the sad news,” she tweeted on Sunday.

Maryam said that she had made a request to Mian Sahib (Nawaz Sharif ) for staying there as, according to her, tyrants are waiting here to settle the scores and any kind of humanity from these persecutors is out of the question.

Government Response

In response to Maryam Nawaz' remorse, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi questioned if the government was responsible for announcing the death of her grandmother or her family. “Are you in jail,” the minister replied to Maryam’s tweet.

The mother of Sharifs, Shamim Akhtar, died in a London hospital where she was under treatment as she was suffering from a severe chest infection and an advanced stage of Alzheimer's disease. She was staying with Nawaz who also left the country to receive medical treatment in London after a court lifted a travel ban as he was serving a prison sentence for corruption last year.

Reportedly, the three-time prime minister had an immune system disorder and other health problems. The ruling PTI had been reluctant to release Nawaz who served less than a year of the seven-year imprisonment for corruption.