PM Khan travels to Washington DC coming week on the invitation of President Trump to the White House. Both will discuss one-on-one ‘durable peace in South Asia’ and resetting the button for ‘enduring relationship’.
DESPARDES — Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a jail sentence for corruption, took to Twitter on Saturday to express her anger, and quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tweet, said “You’re a part of the mafia that pressurizes judges into targeting & punishing your political opponents,” adding further, “it is you who used the institutions to settle scores with your opponents & defaced & maligned them in the process. Shame on you!”
Maryam Safdar was responding to Khan’s Tweet morning tweet where he mentioned the use of tactics like bribery, threat and blackmailing by ‘Pakistani mafia’ to pressurize state institutions and judiciary.
“It is you who used the institutions to settle scores with your opponents and defaced and maligned them in the process. Shame on you,” she added.
PM Khan had said that just like Sicilian mafia, the Pakistani mafia also used the multiple tactics to pressurize the state institutions and the judiciary to protect their billions of rupees laundered and stashed abroad.
The prime minister also shared a media report on the testimony of former Italian president Giorgio Napolitano in a case of bombings and violence in Italy involving mafia to coerce the government in 1990.
Khan and Maryam ‘mafia exchange’ on Twitter happened the same day small traders called for a 3-day countrywide lock down to protest against documentation and paying direct taxes campaign launched by the government post-IMF deal and in compliance with FATF action plan whose deadline is Septtember/October.
Maryam, in her 40s, has mounted a major challenge to the PTI’s government after assuming a senior position within PML-N Party last month– some observers consider the move prelude to heading the party, as its president Shehbaz Sharif (younger brother of Nawaz, also the Opposition leader) and son Hamza stand indicted in Ramzan Sugar Mills case.
Shahbaz, who headed Punjab as CM for 10-years and family also face allegations they laundered some of the UK’s $650m aid.
Meanwhile, ‘videogate’ goes to the apex court for hearing on July 20. Maryam had held a presser last week along with purported video of a Judge who convicted her father, to reinforce her Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) party’s and supporters’ perception that Nawaz’s conviction was pre-meditated.
Coming week, PM Khan travels to Washington DC on the invitation of President Trump to the White House– it would be their maiden meet– both leaders will discuss ‘durable peace in South Asia’ and resetting the button for ‘enduring relationship’. Prior to his one-on-one Trump meet on July 22, he will interact with Pakistani Diaspora in the US Capital.
Pakistan has been US ally for decades and its frontline partner in Afghanistan War during Cold War era, until few years back when the two faced separation in their decades-old relationship due to Afghan-centric strategic differences.