Maryam admits poll challenges post 16-month PDM rule

Maryam Nawaz, the Senior Vice President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), while addressing the hurdles encountered by the party in the recent elections has extended appreciation for the ‘unequivocal mandate’ bestowed by the electorate.

Maryam, who is set to become the first woman chief minister of Punjab, made these remarks during a meeting of the parliamentary party in Jati Umrah, Lahore, on Wednesday.

In her address, she acknowledged the difficulty faced by the PML-N in the elections, citing 16 months of tough and often unpopular decisions made by the government. Despite these challenges, she emphasised that the people had given the party a resounding mandate.

The PML-N secured a substantial majority in the provincial assembly, with a notable presence of youth among the elected members, she maintained.

“I welcome all the members to the meeting of the first parliamentary party and congratulate them for reaching the assembly,” said Maryam. She expressed gratitude to the people of Punjab for their support during what she described as a difficult election period marked by tough decisions and a barrage of lies and propaganda by the rivals.

Addressing the newly elected members, Maryam pledged to initiate a new era for Punjab, building on the foundations laid by Nawaz Sharif in the 80s and the exemplary service records set by Shehbaz Sharif. She urged the members to collectively work towards setting new standards of public service with the cooperation of everyone involved.

“I humbly say that today there is talk in the media that Maryam has been given the opportunity to become the first woman chief minister of Pakistan and Punjab. It is an honour for the nominated chief minister… it is a great honour, I dedicate this to every mother, daughter, sister, child, all women members of Pakistan and Punjab,” she remarked.

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