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We salute daughters, not ranks: Maryam Nawaz’s reply to critics

Maryam Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: After becoming subject to severe criticism for receiving excessive protocol and authorities saluting her during her appearance before Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT), Prime Minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has finally responded to cyber vigilantes by stating that respect comes from heart.

She turned up for a grilling session with the probing team on July 5 (Wednesday) after reaching the Federal Judicial Academy in convoy of 11 cars amid stringent security measures.

A footage depicting a lady senior superintendent of police (SSP) Arsala saluting Maryam went viral, raising concerns of people on the matter as why the premier’s daughter receiving warm salutation merely on basis of blood ties as she does not hold any public office.

The twitterati targeted Maryam on the matter including many politicians and other professionals from various walks of life.

Maryam Nawaz in her tweet said: “We salute the daughters, not the ranks! If they respect you, respect them back! All salutes are not protocol. Respect comes from the heart.”

The tweet is being deemed a response to her critics who slammed a lady security official saluting her.

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On Wednesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan expressed outrage at Maryam’s exaggerated protocol. The PTI chief termed it inexplicable as an ordinary citizen was getting official protocol with police saluting her.

Bringing forward his concern, he queried the motive behind the special arrangements on Maryam’s appearance before the JIT. “Why [a] private citizen Maryam [is] getting official protocol with police saluting as she goes to appear before [the] criminal investigation?” Khan said in a tweet on Wednesday.

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