Abbasi says, Resigned to give Maryam ‘space’.
ISLAMABAD: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a former prime minister and prominent member of the Pakistan Mulsim League-Nawaz (PML-N), acknowledged on Friday that Maryam Nawaz was the reason for his resignation as senior vice president of the organisation.
Maryam, the daughter of party leader Nawaz Sharif, was elevated to the position of senior vice president in January. Had she returned to Pakistan after a three-month hiatus, she would have shared this position with Abbasi. The senior politician submitted his resignation from the position, although he is still a party member.
In a press conference today, Abbasi explained that he had resigned from his position as senior vice president of the party because “Maryam has become a senior leader,” adding that “she needs space.” “Differences might have emerged if I had been present,”.
Maryam, the party’s main organiser, has been tasked with “restructuring” and “reorganising” the party at “all levels,” but because the PML-N has been allowed till March 14 by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold intra-party elections, tensions are escalating within the party. The differences appear to be especially pronounced in relation to Maryam’s advancement, the position of finance minister, and the government’s economic policy.
In her first statement following her homecoming, Maryam gave the people the reassurance that she and her father were fully aware of the inflationary tempest while blaming the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for the crisis. A week before she gave her address, Abbasi had spoken at a different occasion where she had asked all political forces to work together to end the nation’s current economic crisis and called for an end to the politics of demonising one another.
“People’s issues persist when politics degenerates into hostility. It is regrettable that the economic crisis and political incompetence have reached their zenith, he had remarked, highlighting the need for governments to genuinely carry out their duties.