Maryam Nawaz's elevation as Punjab CM will be historic event

Maryam Nawaz's elevation as Punjab CM will be historic event


She saw ups and downs in her political career

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LAHORE (Dunya News) - The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has nominated chief organiser Maryam Nawaz for the coveted slot of Punjab chief minister. 

The decision is said to have been made by party supremo Nawaz Sharif and if materialised, it will be the first time in country's history a woman will be in the saddle as a provincial chief. The late Benazir Bhutto was the only woman in country's history to have attained the office of prime minister. No woman has made it to chief minister's office in any province. 

Political career 

Maryam Nawaz faced ups and downs in her political career. She endured the hardships of political victimisation and imprisonment in the past few years. Owing to her political strategy and conduct, she is known as a ‘crowdpuller’ among the party supporters. She is credited with attracting a number of people during the election campaign. 

Her international fame can be gauged from the fact the she was included in the 100 most influential women of the world in 2017, according to a BBC report. 

She decided to pursue aggressive politics after the Panama decision and presented her case before the people with courage and bravery. 

When she was incarcerated, she refused to take B-class facilities and preferred to be imprisoned like ordinary prisoners. 

She was appointed in charge of the PM Youth Program in 2013 and she gave away laptops and scholarships to the youngsters and played a key role in popularising the party.

In the 2018 elections, she was awarded ticket for National as well as provincial assembly, but she was sentenced to seven years in the Avenfield reference. 

She also kept the party intact during the PTI government and guided her party to victory in some by-elections. 

Faced with a ban on broadcast of her speeches, she decided to take out rallies across the country and challenge the government at the time. 

In recognition of Maryam Nawaz's abilities and leadership, the party appointed her as the chief organiser and senior vice president.

The party and die-hard supporters believe Maryam Nawaz is capable of serving as the Punjab chief minister.