By Sardar Khan Niazi
One should make no bones about the fact that the vibrant Maryam Nawaz has shown her wisdom so profoundly that she can aptly be called a savvy star of Pakistani politics.
Through her undaunted work and squeaky- clean integrity she has silenced her critics. Often troubling question comes to mind: Should her contribution towards good governance be trivialized just because she is the daughter of the Prime Minister? The answer blurts out in an absolute NO.
Don’t take my words for it; her work speaks volumes of the fact that she has a tremendous talent and acumen. Her contribution ranges a wide spectrum from social activities to statecraft. Maryam has successfully shown her mettle in the political niche. Once, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf was being considered more progressive and vibrant political entity, mainly because of its social media team. This was the most visible point where Maryam challenged this perception and rest is the history well known to every one. Now she is unprecedentedly vibrant on twitter and her tweets have a Francis bacon class of wisdom and brevity. Her media team members Muhammad Zubair, Barrister Danyal Ch. Danyal Aziz, Maryam Aurangzeb, Tallal Ch, Maeza Haameed and Musaddiq Malik can aptly claim that they have changed the perception that PTI enjoys a monopoly or even an edge as for as the social media is concerned. This is an age of technology and social media is one of the most effective tools to approach the masses and Maryam knows it.
She is also working to support the government. Her media team under her command is looking after the progress of the government, evaluating government performance, and coordinating all the agendas of the Prime Minister. She has been working on health and education with dedication for almost a year and it is learnt that a proper health plan is in the offing that will cover almost all major diseases. In the given situation when the public literally is deprived of basic health facilities it is the noblest cause and if Maryam achieves her target it will be a blessing for the poor.
We also have come to know that she has taken an initiative for education reforms as well, teacher training programs have already been started and curriculum is being revised. While we are fighting the menace of terror we need an alternative narrative and that can not be stirred unless we revise our curriculum. Meaning thereby she is working in support of the Army too. Its evident from her tweets that unlike some hawks she has a lot of respect for state institutions specially army. This act of her can be termed as a preamble for smooth civil-military relationship.
Being chairperson of the Sharif Trust she has an acumen regarding education as Sharif Trust is running institutions like Sharif Medical and Dental College, Sharif Medical City, Sharif Institute of Allied Health Sciences, Sharif Education Complex, Sharif College of Engineering and Technology with many other in the offing. If she utilizes her expertise in this field this move is destined to succeed.
In a society like ours where man rules, Maryam Nawaz is destined to face many hurdles as well. She will have to face her critics’ criticizing her entry into the politics on one pretext or the other. But in the end it will be Maryam’s own performance that shall be the progressive factor. I think the vibrant daughter should sit in the parliament as a parliamentarian. The sooner the better.
Author is Editor in Chief of Pakistan Group of Newspapers and anchorperson of renowned program of Roze News ‘Sachi Baat’.