Maryam Nawaz, a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Thursday alleged that when she was in jail, the authorities had installed cameras in her cell as well as in the bathroom. She was arrested in connection with a money laundering case last year.

The politician said, “I have gone to jail twice and if I speak about how I, a woman, was treated in jail, they (Pakistan government) will not have the audacity to show their faces,” TOI quoted.

Further talking about women’s safety in her country Pakistan, the 47-year old Nawaz reflected, “A woman, whether she is in Pakistan or anywhere else, is not weak.” She also criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government for allowing authorities to break into a room and arrest her in front of her father.

Who is Maryam Nawaz?

Nawaz is married to Muhammad Safdar, another leader of the PML-N party, serving as a frontrunner on behalf of her father Sharif, who has been residing in London since November 2019. She is one of the few female politicians in male-dominated Pakistan. “It’s not just the people that are wiser now, political parties have also come a long way and they just cannot afford to be on the wrong side of the people anymore,” Maryam had said in an interview with the Khaleej Times newspaper.

She started her political career in 2012 and was put in charge of her father’s election campaign in 2013. The same year, she was named as the chairperson of the prime minister’s youth program, however, a year later she had to quit the post after her appointment was challenged in a court. She is also at the forefront of a nationwide opposition movement to cast out Prime Minister Imran Khan, who came to power in a controversial election in 2018. On August 8, 2019, she was arrested in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills and later, on September 25, was sent to jail on judicial remand by an accountability court in Lahore. She was released on bail by the Lahore High Court on November 4.

Feature Image Credit: Daily Times

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