Following a senior member exodus from his party, Maryam Nawaz, senior vice president of the PML-N party, has informed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan that the “game is over” for him.
This was said by Maryam on Friday as she was speaking at a conference in the Punjab region of Pakistan. She also discussed the events of May 9—the day when the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was detained, sparking violent demonstrations throughout the nation.
Nawaz Sharif's 49-year-old daughter Maryam, who is the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), informed PTI Chairman Khan that the “game is over” as a result of the evacuation of his party's top members.
Following the chaos on May 9, more than 70 party attorneys and leaders have left the PTI. Leading PTI figures, including Asad Umar, the party's secretary general, Shireen Mazari, a former minister of human rights, and Fawad Chaudhry, a former minister of media, have all announced their resignations.
Maryam poked fun at the PTI by claiming that there were queues of people leaving the party in response to the mass departure of leaders.
When the security forces initiated a crackdown on the party in the wake of the attacks on the civil and military institutions, the departure of PTI leaders began.
She criticized the previous prime minister, who was ousted from power by a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly in April of last year, asking, “How will the people stand when the leader himself is a jackal?”
Imran Khan, 70, is the mastermind of the May 9 (incidents),” she said.
The senior vice president of the PML-N claimed that Khan was the architect of the “terrorism” on May 9, yet his employees are being tried in a court for anti-terrorism.
She said that while Khan carried Bushra Bibi to court draped in sheets, he used other women as his vanguards. When Khan and his wife came at the Lahore High Court on May 15 for the Al-Qadir Trust case, they were draped in white sheets.
The event on May 9 was a “attack on the Pakistan Army,” according to Maryam, who also claimed that the former PM was receiving help from his “facilitators.”
On May 9, tense demonstrations broke out when paramilitary Rangers detained Khan on the grounds of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
In retaliation for Khan's detention, his party members destroyed a dozen military facilities, including the Lahore Corps Commander's House, the Mianwali airfield, and the ISI facility in Faisalabad.
Additionally, the mob made its first assault on the Army's general headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
Ten people were killed in the violent battles, according to the police, while 40 members of Khan's party allegedly died when security officers opened fire on them.
Following the violence, which the powerful Army referred to as a “dark day” in the nation's history, thousands of Khan's followers were detained.