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Maryam Nawaz is the daughter of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. She was born on October 28, 1973 in Lahore. He received his primary education from the Convent of Jesus & Mary School in Lahore. Maryam Nawaz wanted to be a doctor since childhood, so after FSC, she got admission in Army Medical College, Rawalpindi. However, he could not continue his studies in the harsh environment and had to drop out of college. He then got admission in King Edward Medical College, Lahore, but left the college before completing MBBS. After a few years he graduated first from Punjab University as a private candidate and later passed the MA English Literature examination. It is claimed on his behalf that he also received a doctorate in political science.

On 25 December 1992, Maryam Nawaz married then Nawaz Sharif to Captain Safdar Awan of ADC. Maryam Nawaz has two daughters Mehrul-Nisaa Safdar and Mah Noor Safdar while one son is Junaid Safdar. Her eldest daughter Maryam Nawaz Mehrul-Nisaa Safdar married into a wealthy family in Lahore and was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Her husband Captain Safdar took early retirement from the army and entered politics. Captain (retd) Safdar was elected Member of National Assembly from Mansehra.

Maryam Nawaz has been the head of a charity run by the Sharif family for two decades.

Political travel

In 2011, seeing the growing popularity of Imran Khan among the youth, the Muslim League (N) also thought that they should bring in new faces to attract the youth to their side. Under this strategy, Maryam Nawaz was brought into the political arena. In 2012, she started visiting schools, colleges and became active in the media. Court of the party for the youth. Journalist Salman Ghani, who has a close eye on the politics of the Muslim League (N) and the affairs of the Sharif family, said; “Ms. Maryam was brought in to show the young face of Muslim League (N) to destroy Imran Khan’s popularity among the youth.”

In the 2013 general elections, the party appointed him as the election campaign manager for Lahore. After taking charge of the work of the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif assigned her to head the Prime Minister’s Youth Program and Maryam began to appear with her father in important events.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif used social media extensively to reach the youth and became active on Twitter. Millions of people followed him even before the 2013 elections. Maryam Nawaz is famous for her smoking tweets on Twitter. Currently, Maryam Nawaz has 7.8 million followers on Twitter. Millions of people follow him on Facebook and Instagram as well.

After winning the 2013 general elections, Maryam Nawaz moved into the Prime Minister’s house and started running the ‘Strategic Media Communications Office’ from there. Mr. Arif Nizami explained that the position to act against the opposition during this period, this decision was made by Maryam’s media office according to the report. Maryam Aurangzeb, the current Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, was also appointed by Maryam Nawaz.

Challenge

Panama Leaks thread

In April 2016, when the Panama Papers came out, apart from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the names of Maryam Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz were among those who had offshore companies established in their names. On the basis of the document, cases were registered against the Sharif family on charges of tax evasion, money laundering and amassing wealth. In an illegal way. The Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on April 20, 2017. Nawaz Sharif also was removed from the leadership of the party. The court sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 11 years in prison and fined him 8 million British pounds. Maryam Nawaz was also sentenced to 5 years in prison for aiding and abetting a crime. This period also includes documents allegedly forgery sent by him using the Calibri font, which has not yet been officially launched. Political opponents hailed her and nicknamed her the ‘Calbari Queen’. However, in 2022, the Islamabad High Court convicted him in the case.

Conviction, imprisonment and sentencing

After the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz became a metaphor for her party’s opposition and because of her courage She, she also faced punishment. On July 6, 2018, the Islamabad Accountability Court also sentenced Maryam Nawaz to 7 years in prison and a fine of 2 million pounds for presenting forged documents and aiding her father in the crime. He was also banned from running for election for 10 years. Captain (retd) Safdar was also sentenced to one year imprisonment in the Avonfield reference. After this decision of the accountability court, Maryam Nawaz was arrested and after spending two months in jail, the High Court of Islamabad suspended her sentence and released her from jail.

During this period, new elections were held in the country. Maryam Nawaz refused to accept the general election 2018 from day one and called them fraud. On August 8, 2019, NAB arrested him again on charges of corruption in the Chaudhary Sugar Factory.

At the end of 2021, when the differences between Prime Minister Imran Khan and General Qamar Javed Bajwa regarding the appointment of DGISI in the Pakistan Army, the tide began to change in the country. In the changing situation, the court reviewed some of the previous decisions and in this context, in September 2022, the Islamabad High Court overturned the conviction of Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain Safdar and gave away the case.

Similar to Benazir Bhutto

In the political and journalist circles, Maryam Nawaz is compared to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Both leaders have many values ​​in common. Both Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif came to power with the support of the establishment and after entering politics, both raised the slogan of supreme power. One prime minister was hanged as punishment and another was tried, first exiled, then expelled from politics. Benazir Bhutto was also a strong voice in criticizing the establishment and Maryam Nawaz also attacked the establishment in her sharp speech after the Panama case.

There is another similarity between the two. After her father, young Benazir Bhutto was surrounded by her father’s old associates and experienced political leaders. Similarly, when Nawaz Sharif was declared ineligible, Maryam Nawaz entered the field to console the heartbroken workers. Benazir’s ‘uncle’ still doesn’t like her, Maryam’s biggest challenge comes from her party uncle.

However, Benazir Bhutto’s education abroad, her leadership skills, understanding of the stakes of politics and above all in public communication, Maryam Nawaz is not seen as second to her. Benazir Bhutto is very fond of books, while Maryam Nawaz’s hand seems to be limited in this matter. Benazir revived the People’s Party after the worst period of Zia-ul-Haq by leading higher than her. Whether Maryam Nawaz is capable of this or not, the next few months may prove.

A mockery of inherited politics

Although Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has called the politics of Maryam Nawaz as the politics of inheritance to make her a target of criticism, it is still true that Maryam Nawaz has the virtues that a great leader should have, otherwise if only the benefits of being. Someone’s daughter or son will reach everyone, then Hamza Shehbaz will become the young face of the Muslim League (N) many years before Maryam Nawaz.

Conflict

Admission to King Edward Medical College

After intermediate level, when Maryam Nawaz got admission in King Edward Medical College, Lahore, it is reported that Maryam Nawaz did not get full benefit and she got admission in medical college using her father’s influence. Due to this objection, Maryam Nawaz had to leave the college without completing her MBBS education.

Relationship and marriage with Captain Safdar

When Nawaz Sharif first became Prime Minister after the general election of 24 October 1990, Captain Safdar Awan was his ADC. For a year, Captain Safdar lived near the Sharif family and carried out this responsibility, and it is said that during this time, Maryam Nawaz and he developed a relationship. Captain Safdar was responsible for expelling Maryam Nawaz from the college and bringing her back from there. Meanwhile, the two became close and Maryam Nawaz married Captain Safdar in December 1992 at the age of 19, against her family’s wishes.

Political opponents have since said that Maryam Nawaz ran away from home to get married and have also alleged that Maryam Nawaz was pregnant before marriage. This is the same idea that all women in Pakistani politics including Mrs. Benazir Bhutto, Mrs. Fatima Jinnah, Reham Khan , Bushra Bibi must face.

Removed from the head of the Prime Minister’s youth program

On 22 November 2013, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Program, but the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf filed a petition against this appointment in the Lahore High Court. It is alleged that the appointment of Maryam Nawaz to this position was done as a result of nepotism, otherwise Maryam Nawaz is not eligible for this position. He is also accused of defrauding the state. PTI also adopted the position that Maryam Nawaz committed corruption of 100 billion rupees by abusing her power. suitable

In November 2014, Lahore High Court Judge Mansoor Ali Shah ruled that the government should ask Maryam Nawaz to resign as soon as possible. Days after the decision, Maryam Nawaz submitted her resignation before being called.

The level of challenge in the High Court

During the same hearing, to prove Maryam Nawaz’s qualifications, Deputy Justice Minister Aamir Rehman presented Maryam Nawaz’s doctorate in court. The Lahore High Court asked Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer to prove the validity of these degrees. Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer failed to present evidence in favor of the truth of her doctorate degree, since then Maryam Nawaz’s doctorate has become doubtful.

Master of Dawn Lakes

When Nawaz Sharif became the Prime Minister for the third time, a media room was built in the Prime Minister’s House by Mrs. Maryam Nawaz. It is said that this room is used to issue secret news to the establishment. On October 6, 2016, in the English newspaper Dawn, journalist Sir Almeida reported on the important meeting held in the Prime Minister’s House that there was a difference between the military and the civilian government on the issue of dealing with non-state actors, prohibited. Organizations or terrorist elements.. This case is called Dawn Leaks and it can be said that the rift between the government of Nawaz Sharif and the army started from here, which later led to the Panama Leaks, Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification, the resignation of the party president and the inauguration of Imran Khan.

Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rasheed and Special Assistant on Abroad Tariq Fatemi was removed from his position because of the publication of the news. The opposition People’s Party at that time said that the government had sacrificed Pervez Rasheed by negotiating with the establishment and cleared Maryam Nawaz from the whole matter even though Maryam Nawaz was the mastermind of the Don Leaks controversy.

Statement of conflict of income and assets

During the Panama Leaks investigation, Maryam Nawaz stood before the JIT that she had no personal assets and was supported by her father. Later, she said that after being married for a while, she was under the care of her husband. However, when she filed her nomination papers to participate in the NA-127 National Assembly constituency in Lahore in the 2018 general elections, she wrote that she owns property worth Rs. She also revealed that she is a shareholder of Chaudhary Sugar Mills, Mohammad Bakhsh Textile Mills, Hamza Spinning Mills, Hudaybiya Paper Mills, Hudaybiya Engineering Company, Swift Energies Private Limited and Family Flour Mills. In addition, he also announced that he has many hectares of land in his name.

All these controversies have their place, but it is impossible to deny the fact that Maryam Nawaz is the political successor of Muslim League-Nawaz and if the workers are related to any person other than Nawaz Sharif, it is Maryam Nawaz. Maryam Nawaz was recently appointed as the Senior Vice President and Head of Organization of the Muslim League (N). Although some hopes have been created by this development that now most of the tasks of the party have been entrusted by the constitution and according to the law under the patronage of Maryam Nawaz, but political experts say that this development will not make a significant difference. The difference will happen when Maryam Nawaz takes over as the president of the party and she will reorganize the party. New according to her vision. Until Maryam Nawaz gets a hand in the party, the politics of the Muslim League (N) will continue to swing between the two factions reconciliation and opposition.

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