Asking Justice Isa to not hear cases on PM bad for 'credibility' of judiciary: Maryam

Published February 13, 2021
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz addresses the media in Lahore before setting out for the Daska rally. — Photo courtesy author
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz addresses the media in Lahore before setting out for the Daska rally. — Photo courtesy author

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday said the written order by the chief justice of Pakistan in which he said Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa should not hear cases involving Prime Minister Imran Khan "is not good for the credibility and respect of the judiciary".

"The whole system of justice and the respect of the judiciary is being risked to save an unqualified and incompetent person."

Interacting with reporters before her departure from Jati Umra to Sialkot, where she addressed a rally in Daska as part of the election campaign for NA-75, Maryam was asked about Thursday's written order by the chief justice of Pakistan.

Responding to the question, Maryam said the development was completely different than the treatment meted out to her father, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif.

"People can see the faces, the decisions and the differences between the remarks," she said.

"I understand that there have been historic attempts to break [the] PML-N [...] the state and all institutions have been thrust against a party but [...] the PML-N did not break apart," Maryam said, adding that the reason behind this was the PML-N becoming an "ideological party".

"Every coming day is proving that Mian [Nawaz Sharif] sahab's vision was right."

Responding to another question, Maryam said Major General Babar Iftikhar, the director-general of Pakistan Army's media wing, was "very respectable for me [...] and he is a good man". "However, when you say such things then they will become a subject of mockery among the nation."

She was referring to his comments on Monday when he rubbished rumours that the armed forces and the opposition alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), were in contact through "backdoor channels" and said that the army should not be dragged into politics. "I would again request please don't drag the institution into this dialogue," he had said.

Maryam said a number of recent developments "were in front of the world [to see] so please speak that which the world will accept". Otherwise, she said, it would not be good for his credibility and that of the institution he represents.

"The people will think you are lying [...] it is better that you adopt silence and don't talk on the issue but don't give wrong statements."

She also reiterated that both the PDM and the PML-N wanted electoral reforms and real democracy but any legislation on this front could not be be done with PM Imran at the helm.

'This is a war against vote-stealers'

Addressing a rally shortly after arriving in Daska, Maryam lashed out at the premier for failing to serve the people of the nation by serving "his selectors" instead.

"When Nawaz was prime minister, he would go to the markets to inquire about the prices of vegetables, flour and pulses and asked if they were expensive.

"[Imran] thought he would serve the nation, but he is instead serving his selectors. And then he says he doesn't have a magic wand to wave to fix everything."

She added that this was "war" with Nawaz on one side and "thieves" plundering the nation's assets on the other. She urged party supporters to hold the premier and his "people" accountable when they ask for votes.

"Imran had promised you countless jobs. Raise your hands and show me how many people here were given employment. Even if one person here says yes then bring him onto the stage. I will place a garland around his neck."

Maryam also alleged that without Nawaz and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, the people and the province of Punjab had been "abandoned".

"Those living in Daska, tell me if a single street was built. Did they lay a single block of cement? They didn't make metro bus and reduced streets to ditches.

"I am angry that he snatched livelihood and roti from the people of Pakistan, but he also took away Shehbaz from the people of Punjab."

She said that when there was "injustice", Shehbaz would stand with the relatives of the victims. "When the throats of the Hazara community were slit, Imran said he won't be blackmailed by corpses.

"So when Nawaz says to respect the sanctity of the vote, he doesn't mean respect a piece of paper. He means respect for the people of the country," she said.

She concluded her speech by urging the people to vote during the upcoming by-polls.

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