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By dubbing the charter of economy a joke, Maryam has made fun of her uncle: SAPM Awan

By dubbing the charter of economy a joke, Maryam has made fun of her uncle: SAPM Awan

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday responded to Maryam Nawaz's criticism of the proposed Charter of Economy, saying that "by calling it a joke, she had made fun of her own uncle".

The idea of a charter of economy — an arrival at a common ground of sorts between the warring government and opposition benches — had been proposed by both PPP and PML-N.

In a fiery press conference that same day, Maryam Nawaz, a vice president of the PML-N, had termed the Charter of Economy as a Mazaq-i-Maeeshat (joke of an economy), adding that there can be no agreement with the current government "that stole the people's mandate".

At the same time, she defended PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif's decision to support it.

"Shehbaz sahib has a lot more political and administrative experience than me... He must definitely have considered things that I am unable to see when he talked about [signing a] Charter of Economy," she had said.

Awan, in her counter press conference, went on to say that Maryam should "also have demanded that Shehbaz Sharif resign from his post (as the party's president)".

Moving on to Maryam's "hue and cry" regarding Nawaz Sharif's purportedly rapid decline of health in prison, Awan said that "had Maryam been a qualified medical doctor, she wouldn't have polticised her father's health the way she has been".

She said Maryam "a woman who entered the medical profession but (got sidetracked and) got involved in "extracurricular activities".

More to follow.

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