PPP President Asif Ali Zardari apologised to PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday during a meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, sources told.
The meeting of the opposition alliance had been convened to discuss the contentious issue of mass resignations from assemblies. During the meeting, Zardari spoke at length to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif via videoconferencing and urged him to return to Pakistan if he is ready to wage a war against the government.
According to PPP sources, Zardari later apologized to Mariam, and Mariam responded to this by saying: “I never intend to make you apologize. I just think that I am your daughter and resemble Bakhta. Wa or Asifa complained like that.”
“How can he come back?”
Mariam once said that her father’s life was in danger and questioned how he could return home under such circumstances.
She had asked: “Does Zardari sahab guarantee that my father’s life will not be in danger in Pakistan?”
Maryam then reportedly said that she is in Pakistan “of her own accord”.
“Just like you are on video link, so is Mian sahab,” she added.
She said that Nawaz’s life is “threatened under NAB’s custody” and that he had had “two heart attacks while in jail”.
According to sources, the vice president of PML-N stated that despite being the “largest” political party in Pakistan, her party still supports PDM. She said that PML-N followed all the decisions made by the platform and even assisted in its implementation.
“The entire PML-N voted for Yousuf Raza Gillani (in the Senate elections),” Maryam said.
She said that when PPP expressed opposition to resignation, PML-N supported them to avoid differences of opinion.
Maryam said she had witnessed her father going to 150 appearances before National Accountability Bureau and recalled how she had been arrested in front of her father.
“My father left my mother on her death bed and came back to Pakistan,” she added.
Mariam said later that they must let the past become the past and then bury the matter.