Maryam Nawaz to contest 2018 elections

Lahore: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has planned to contest for National Assemblies seat in general elections 2018.

According to media sources the first daughter to will contest upcoming elections from NA-48, Islamabad. It is the same constituency from where Makhddom Javed Hashmi won the general elections 2013.

Later when he left the seat, by-elections being held in the constituency and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Asad Umar secured 48,073 votes against his rival Muhammad Ashraf Gujjar, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s, who got 52,170 votes. Javed Hashmi also contested the general election on PTI’s ticket in 2013.

Maryam had confirmed her plan to contest 2018 elections, media reports said, and also stated that the decision had nothing to do with Panama case’s decision. She said that she would fought whatever the case decision came.

British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) last week published the list of most influencing presidential daughters which also included the name of Maryam Nawaz, 43, and Ivanka Trump among other figures.

“Originally involved in the family’s charity organisations, Ms Nawaz played a prominent role in managing her father’s successful re-election campaign in 2013. She now works for his party, the right-wing Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz).” BBC said on its website.

BBC Urdu’s correspondent Asif Farooqi said: “She is always the focus of attention; has clearly emerged as someone powerful, if not a designated political heir to her father.”