Who Is Maryam Nawaz Sharif? First Woman CM Of Pak's Punjab Province

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, created history by becoming the first-ever woman chief minister of the Punjab province of Pakistan.

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Maryam Nawaz Sharif, aged 50 and the daughter of three-time Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has made history by clinching the title of the first woman Chief Minister of West Punjab in Pakistan.The senior vice-president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Maryam, secured its position in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, defeating Rana Aftab of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan, backed by the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), in the chief ministerial elections.


Nawaz Sharif's Daughter Becomes First Woman CM Of Pakistan's Punjab Province

Nawaz, a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, secured the position after her party emerged victorious in the recent provincial elections. She is seen as the political heir of her father, who has served as Prime Minister three times.

She reportedly secured her victory over the chief ministerial elections in the most important and populated province of the country, Punjab Province, despite the lawmakers of the former Prime Minister's party, PTI-backed by SIC, walking out.

Maryam asserted that this victory transcends personal success; it is a triumph for women across the spectrum. "Today, this victory is not just mine. It is the victory of every woman, every mother...and I hope I am not the last. This victory for women should continue even after me,” she declared.

According to the party's social media post, Maryam, who made history, also visited her mother's grave, Jati Umra, before going to the Punjab Assembly for the elections and visiting the graves of her paternal grandparents as well. 


The PMLN party's post on the microblogging site X (formerly Twitter) before the election for their candidate, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, read: "For the first time in the history of our nation, a woman will become the CM of Punjab. Maryam Nawaz Sharif will be the first woman to take the oath as CM Punjab!"

Acknowledging the enormity of the role she is set to play, Maryam Nawaz Sharif recognizes that her competition is not with external entities but with the stalwarts within her own party – Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif, her uncle poised to become Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Since her nomination as Punjab’s CM, she has engaged in discussions with Nawaz Sharif, outlining their comprehensive plan for the province over the next five years.

Why is Maryam Nawaz Sharif's victory in Pakistan's Punjab province significant? 

This development has been met with mixed reactions across the country. While some celebrate it as a victory for women's empowerment, others raise concerns about political dynasties and dynastic politics. Regardless, Nawaz's rise to power signifies a shift in the political landscape of Pakistan and paves the way for future female leadership in the country. 

Maryam's victory serves as a powerful symbol of inspiration for aspiring female politicians and the wider public in Pakistan, encouraging greater participation of women in political processes and leadership roles in the future.


On the Indian side of the border, the historical significance of Maryam Nawaz Sharif's achievement finds resonance with Congress’s Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, the sole female chief minister of Punjab in India.

This win holds symbolic importance as a step towards greater gender equality in Pakistan. It sends a message that the country is moving towards a more inclusive and equitable society where women have equal opportunities to participate and lead. It could pave the way for increased female representation in Pakistani politics at all levels, inspire more women to run for office and encourage political parties to actively include women in their ranks.


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