Maryam Nawaz Sharif, now less frequently known as Maryam Safdar, is visiting Bilawal House in Clifton, Karachi, to personally thank People Party of Pakistan’s co-chairmen, Bilawal and his father, the former president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, for Bilawal’s visit with her father, Nawaz Sharif, in Kot Lakhpat jail.
Disregarding her father’s instructions, she did not take with her his desired gift, a bucket of lassi made with milk drawn from his favorite buffaloes at his Jati Umra residence near Lahore.
Asif Zardari, after exchanging niceties, states, “Indeed, our Bilawal is a very obedient child. I told him and he visited with my brother, Nawaz. I hope that he comes out soon. Indeed, he is playing his cards very well by refusing to get medically treated.
“Yes, we are one. Our great martyr, Benazir and your father signed the historic Charter of Democracy… of course, you may remember that eleven years ago, I told the BBC that our agreements with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ‘are not holy like the holy Quran and the Hadith’ and can be modified if circumstances change.
“Even Imran Khan agrees that great leaders take U-turns.
“Maryam, you know we are like one body. We are the front foot, and you are the back foot. Imran Khan will understand this cricket thing, but he is being a unfair and bowling bouncers when he shouldn’t. The rule is that a bowler is allowed to bowl two bouncers in an over, in Tests and ODI and one in T20I in an over. That means if one bowls more than allowed bouncers in an over, it will be called a no ball.
“Imran is delivering no-balls. And we need to keep him in check.”
Maryam thanks him and turning toward Bilawal adds, “We both are orphaned. Both of us have lost our mothers, we understand the pain.
“If we had any seats in the Sindh assembly, we would have sat with you in the government benches and not on the opposition side.”
Zardari continues, “Maryam, remember my golden rule: Political parties do not make promises, they only arrive at understandings. But don’t get me wrong. We are together forever. Imran Khan is not ready for any understanding, so we are solidly with you… at least till he mends his ways.”
Maryam offers, “Indeed, my brother, you a lucky person that you have obedient children. God is Great. Both of my brothers are also very obedient. My father has told them that they have to stay in London and take care of the property and they will not budge come what may.
“In fact, I also want to thank you for standing rock sold and forcing Imran Khan to accept my Uncle Shehbaz [Sharif, leader of the opposition in the national assembly] as chairman of the public accounts committee.”
Zardari, swiftly places his palm on his chest, quickly adds, “No, Maryam, no need to thank me. Your uncle is rendering great service for the Houses of Sharif and Zardari. Can you imagine, if we had not worked together on this and let Imran Khan install his own man. We can’t let any Tom, Dick or Harry to peer into our accounts.”
Maryam continues, “There is no doubt about what you have said. We are watching with admiration the way that you are refusing the opposition parties’ demand for the Sindh Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairmanship. No… never. Imran Khan’s representative cannot be allowed to examine your accounts.”
Bilawal signals for permission and adds, “My father is the Father of the 18th Amendment. We will sacrifice our lives like my grandfather, our Immortal Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and mother, for its defense. Sindh is ours forever!”
Zardari continues, “I admire your father and your uncle Shehbaz. I know that your father used to play cricket and has played with Imran too, but what about your uncle… was he a child actor like me? Really, he put up an excellent show about his illness during the time he was jailed. Great performance!
“Maryam we should continue to work together. In fact, I thank your [former defense minister] Khawaja Asif for saying that age is on the side of my Bilawal… the soon to be prime minister…”
Maryam nearly whispering, quietly blurts out, “Really! That is my birthright…”
Zardari continues, “Today, someone forwarded to me a news report from France that a united front of chicken was able to kill a fox that had tried to sneak into their coop. There was a herd instinct and they attacked him with their beaks.
“Yes, we are that frenzied herd in attacking Imran Khan, and our herd is strengthened by our loyal media.
“I tell you this is no excuse that Imran Khan has to wait for the court ruling to let my brother Nawaz go free. Why doesn’t Imran Khan task his old friend [PML-N senator] Mushahid Hussain Syed to physically fix the judges… he is an expert.
“Maryam, we have to restore bipartisanship… we and your party. Keep strong. We even know how to sell our mothers. We will prevail.”