Maryam Nawaz, who has been updating the nation on the progress of her father, PM Nawaz Sharif, since he underwent an open heart surgery, lent some credence to rumours that she will be her father’s political successor.
Speaking to Gharida Farooqi on her show, G for Gharida, Maryam said on Thursday that she was willing to contest 2018 elections if her party, PML (N), considered her worthy.
Answering a question as to whether she would be contesting the elections in 2018, Maryam said, “What I think does not count, what party elders, senior members and the head of the party think matters more. If they would like me to contest elections, then I’m always available. However, if they think it would be better that I stay in the background and assist them wherever I can, then that is also acceptable to me.”
She further added that she was confident that her father’s government will complete its five years and will form the next government as well.
Dismissing rumours about rifts within the family, she said, “Mine and Hamza’s relationship is just like Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif’s.”
She also said that Chaudhry Nisar’s political journey had started with Nawaz Sharif.
When asked if there was a threat of an imminent martial law in the country, Maryam replied, “Disruptive elements are present everywhere but the government will complete its tenure.”
The PM’s daughter, who has been leading the nation’s prayers for her father, informed that he had spoken to her via telephone the previous night for the first time since his surgery and had assured her that he was fast recovering. She said she was hopeful that her father would likely be shifted to a private room on Thursday night.
Further, she added that PM Nawaz had sent her a message through her doctors directing her to pay out compensation to those affected by the storm in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.