Maryam urges Supreme Court not to become party in Senate elections
Says agencies involved in Daska by-election rigging: Dares NAB to issue summons against her
The apex court is hearing a presidential reference seeking open ballot in the coming Senate elections.
Talking to newsmen at her Jati Umra residence before leaving for Wazirabad, Maryam Nawaz maintained that it’s not the Supreme Court’s job to amend the Constitution.
When defeat in the Senate elections was staring right in the face of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) due to revolt within the party, it tried to seek refuge in ‘show of hands’,” Maryam said, and asked the Supreme Court not to become a party to the case as amending a law was the prerogative of the parliament.
Maryam said “Any relief to the Imran Khan government would tantamount to bias.”
She said the legislation would be done on holding elections via open ballot, but later; not through ‘bogus’ National Assembly.
When asked about the rigging in NA-75 by-election, Maryam said the country’s agencies were involved in ‘rigging’ in by-election of Daska.
She said she knew the names of those agencies’ officials who had tried to ‘rob’ the PML-N of its mandate in Daska. “Do not force me to make names of these individuals in public,” she warned, adding these agencies are under the prime minister.
She further said that if the country’s establishment was not neutral, it had got to be neutral. “It does not suit the establishment to support ‘selected and incompetent’ Prime Minister Imran Khan," she opined.
Talking about the reported summons issued by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Maryam said if the Bureau wanted last nail in its coffin then it can issue summons to her.
The PML-N vice president reiterated that her party wanted re-election, not in selected polling stations of NA-75 Daska, but in the entire constituency.
Maryam, on the occasion, also confirmed that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is coming to Jati Umra for a lunch on Thursday.
She alleged that rejection of the nomination papers of PML-N stalwart Pervaiz Rashid showed that double standards were being practised in the country.
She thanked Allah (The Almighty) that Hamza Shehbaz, her cousin, and party leader, had been released on bail. “Hamza remained firm; not once did he budge from his stance or show signs of weakness during his detention,” she boasted.
The PML-N vice-president warned the government of grave consequences for the ‘ill-treatment’ it meted out to Hamza and other party leaders.
Earlier in the day, Maryam Nawaz commenting on the NA-75 fiasco said, “It was not just rigging, it was a well-organized operation that was managed at a high level.”
Narrating the events on the by-poll day, Maryam Nawaz said, “Abducting the election commission’s staff and keeping all of them at one point. And tempering the results in the presence of PTI workers and later all of them (presiding officers) appeared together all a sudden, surely a low-class level job! Wow.”
In another tweet, Maryam said, “None has been given a clean chit. I am giving a chance to them to tell the truth to the people with the dignity, otherwise I will have to tell. The institution that was used for rigging could not act without the order of the fake prime minister.”
The PML-N leader claimed that she has received names of two people as well, other than the evidence she had about the NA-75 polling day.