Honorable Chief Or Daughter Of A Father? Maryam Nawaz, the new chief minister of Punjab, is subjected to vicious trolling

Following Maryam Nawaz’s appointment as Punjab province’s first female chief minister on Monday, tweets disparaging the senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who is seen as the political successor to three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, proliferated on Pakistan’s social media, many of them indelicate.

There were questions raised: did she deserve her position as leader of Pakistan’s most populated area, or did her status come from being Nawaz Sharif’s daughter? Maryam took over as chief minister in the face of a boycott by Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) MPs, who were supported by the PTI, the party of former prime minister Imran Khan.

Maryam expressed her happiness to take her father’s place in the provincial assembly during her first speech. In the provincial assembly, the 50-year-old leader said, “My father taught me how to run the office.” “Every woman in the province is proud to see a woman as the chief minister today,” she said, adding that she hoped the legacy of female leadership will go on for years to come.

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) attacked her, claiming that their candidate, PP159, defeated Maryam in an election tainted by accusations of electoral fraud. It seems sense that Maryam’s appointment has sparked an online diatribe from PTI supporters, who are prominently engaged on social media and claim the whole election was rigged against them. However, there are still people on the opposing side of the aisle who applaud Maryam’s appointment as a “progressive move.”

Aleema Khan, the sister of Imran Khan, said, “She is not capable of this (chief ministership of Punjab? ),” when questioned about Maryam. that something has to be said. I feel sorry for her. She was made to take a seat by force. PTI-leaning journalist Imran Riaz Khan called Maryam a “mandate thief” in a video that was uploaded on X. He claimed that the people of Pakistan will not tolerate Nawaz Sharif and his family forming a government.

Pakistani writer Mehmal Sarfra addressed the concerns expressed over Maryam’s qualifications to govern Pakistan’s most populous area in a political editorial that was published on GEO News. “It’s possible that her ascent to the position of chief minister in Punjab is a direct result of her identity,” is one response. It is also true, however, that she is not the only target of hatred from both men and women for her identity as Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, both outside and online. Sarfra stated, “It appears that the reason she receives this ‘hate’ is that she is a woman—and an aggressive one at that.”

She questioned why Maryam was being discussed in such a depraved manner. “Why is it that Maryam receives more criticism while male politicians, who have even worse language skills, worse manners, and have made it their brand to show no respect for both male and female political rivals,” “Perhaps it stems from the mentality of our culture, which values males for these qualities while demeaning and humiliating women for minor things.Women are expected to break down in our culture; we do not expect them to confront bullies. A fearless lady attracts all kinds of animosity. A lady with strong opinions attracts hate. Hatred is invited by an independent woman, the lady remarked.

Columnist Rafia Zakaria discovered a connection between the status of her family and a wealthy Pakistani lady while writing for the Dawn daily. She maintained that a woman’s great accomplishments in the nation just indicated that her male-dominated family was typically strong enough to support her in breaking down barriers based on gender. “In Pakistan, having a particular surname might help you get over the fact that you’re a woman.They let the extra glitter of being the “first” woman accompany your success, on top of the support system their family has given you. “Turn a few pledges toward bettering the status of women, and their work is done,” said Rafia, a lawyer who teaches political philosophy and constitutional law.