Elections Or Retribution? Terrorists Cannot Be Granted Electoral Symbols, Says Maryam Nawaz

PML-N kicks off election campaign from Okara, keeps PTI firmly in sights

Elections Or Retribution? Terrorists Cannot Be Granted Electoral Symbols, Says Maryam Nawaz

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Organiser Maryam Nawaz on Monday appeared to welcome the Supreme Court's decision to withdraw the party symbol from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), stating that terrorists should not be allotted party symbols.

She said this while addressing a public rally in Okara as the PML-N formally kicked off its election campaign.

Without naming PTI founder Imran Khan or the party, Maryam took a swipe at them. She said that now, the court of public opinion or law will decide will decide the fate, not a "mother-in-law" — referring to the alleged leaked audio of former chief justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial in which she called for imposing martial law in the country if Imran Khan could not be saved in the aftermath of the May 9 incidents.

Maryam further said that if someone believes they can get away with fraudulent intraparty elections, then they are mistaken.

On losing the electoral symbol, Maryam remarked that PTI's true symbol was a stick used with extreme prejudice.

In what is fast becoming her style, Maryam stated how not only the umpires have been caught, but also conspiracy and facilitators [of the May 9 attacks].

She said that in the natural law, there was absolution for the guilty, but there was no recourse for a tyrant.

Maryam further stated that the deposed prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif had not exacted vengeance; rather, it was nature that had taken a suo moto notice of the injustice.

She also took a swipe at former judges of the Supreme Court, including Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, claiming that their resignations last week were an attempt to flee accountability.

Espousing electoral rhetoric, Maryam claimed that the greater the votes they receive, the faster inflation will come down.