ISLAMABAD: In a dramatic power struggle within the family of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the wife of his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif took to Twitter on Thursday to attack him saying he was heeding to “the most mediocre advisers a leader could have chosen”.
Tehmina Durrani‘s attack on Nawaz comes a day after he had made it clear that the appointment of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as PM was not a stop gap arrangement. This was a U-turn from his earlier statement following his disqualification as an MP by Supreme Court of Pakistan that Shahbaz would be his permanent successor. However, on Wednesday, before embarking on a journey to Lahore, Nawaz said: “I wish Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to remain PM till next general elections.”
On Thursday, Tehmina criticised her brother-in-law for shutting down businesses of people on the historic Grand Trunk Road by deciding to return to Lahore, his hometown, in a procession. In a series of tweets, she said: “Who’ll pay 4 th profit loss of hotels and shops? Govt? Instead of counting ‘heads’, on GT rd, provide 4 these & all othr `heads’ acros Pak! (sic)”
Addressing her brother-in-law as ‘MNS sb’ (Mian Nawaz Sharif Saheb), Tehmina said in another tweet that while choosing “mediocre” advisers, the PML-N chief had rejected his “most sincere, politically experienced & astute colleagues”.
The reference was to senior party leaders, including her husband, who had tried to convince Nawaz to skip the idea of going to Lahore in a rally.