Maryam Nawaz
Maryam Nawaz

Jailed Maryam conveys emotional message to supporters ahead of Pak polls

ANI | Updated: Jul 15, 2018 01:56 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Jul 15 (ANI): The daughter of Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Maryam, who is lodged in Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, has conveyed an emotional message to her supporters.
An audio message of Maryam which was reportedly recorded in London before her imprisonment surfaced on social media in Pakistan on Saturday.
In the audio, the PML-N leader appealed to the people of Pakistan to keep the preparations of upcoming general elections underway, saying, "raise the worth of the country, raise the worth of your vote."
"Had I not been in a jail, I would have been fighting with you all and now that I am imprisoned, I still am with you every moment. Your daughter appeals to you to keep the preparation of the elections underway," she added.
On arriving at Lahore's Allama Iqbal Airport from London, Maryam and Nawaz, who are convicted in corruption case, were arrested on July 14. The father-daughter duo was in London to meet Nawaz's ailing wife Begum Kulsoom.
"You know I have left my mother in state of sickness back in London. When I reached London with my father, she was unconscious and the day we left London for Pakistan, she opened up her eyes for a few seconds, saw us but we could not talk. You understand mother-daughter relationship," Maryam can be heard saying in the audio message.
"Controlling my emotions, I have come here and surrendered to the law of the land. I appeal to you all to pray for my mother's health so that I can see her fit and hug her," she added.
Maryam also said she is not serving the jail term because she has committed a crime but rather because she is the daughter of Nawaz Sharif.
"I am not here because I have committed a crime but because I am Nawaz Sharif's daughter. I am a daughter of a brave father. A brave daughter of brave nation. They wanted me to be Nawaz Sharif's weakness, rather I emerged as his strength," she maintained.
The Sharifs are accused of failing to disclose the source of income for the purchase of luxury apartments in London.
Nawaz was awarded ten years in jail while his daughter got eight years of imprisonment along with others ahead of the general elections in Pakistan on July 25.(ANI)

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