Maryam Nawaz speaks about rift with Hamza Shahbaz

Maryam Nawaz speaks about rift with Hamza Shahbaz

LAHORE - Maryam Nawaz, on Monday denied the reports of a rift within the Sharif family, saying that she has no differences with Hamza, her first cousin, and son of Nawaz’s brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

While visiting Lahore’s NA-120 constituency, which was won by her mother last month after Maryam ran the election campaign, she said, “Hamza is [like] my younger brother”.

Maryam said, “God forbid if we have any differences.” “I have been hearing stories of disagreements within the Sharif family since 30 years but there is no truth in these reports,” she added.

“Those hoping for differences to erupt in the Sharif family will be disappointed,” she said, adding, “we are all united under Nawaz Sharif’s leadership”.

There have been reports of rifts within the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML- N) leadership as well as demands by some party officials of handing over the party’s leadership to Shehbaz until Nawaz’s corruption cases are settled.

Earlier, Maryam visited a hospital and a school in Mazang area of Lahore and listened to people’s complaints.

The NA-120 seat fell vacant after Nawaz was disqualified as prime minister by the Supreme Court in its July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case