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Punjab Welcomes Its First Female Chief Minister: Maryam Nawaz

In a historic move, Maryam Nawaz, the senior vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has been sworn in as the first female Chief Minister of Punjab, marking a significant milestone in Pakistan’s political landscape.

Maryam Nawaz, the 50-year-old daughter of three-time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, took the oath of office on February 26, 2024. This momentous occasion was not only a personal victory for Nawaz but also a triumph for every woman in the province.

In her inaugural speech at the Punjab Provincial Assembly, Nawaz emphasized that her victory was a testament to the potential and capabilities of all women. She expressed hope that her achievement would pave the way for more women to assume leadership roles in the future.

Nawaz acknowledged the challenges ahead, particularly the task of continuing the political legacy of her father and her uncle, Shehbaz Sharif, who is set to become Pakistan’s next Prime Minister. Despite these challenges, Nawaz expressed her determination to exceed expectations and deliver on her promises to the people of Punjab.

As the new Chief Minister, Nawaz pledged to represent not just her party but the entire province. She assured that her office would always be open to everyone, including those who did not vote for her. This inclusive approach underscores Nawaz’s commitment to serving all citizens of Punjab, regardless of their political affiliations.

The election results were announced amidst a walkout by lawmakers from the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), backed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party. Despite this, Nawaz extended an invitation to the opposition to participate in the democratic process.

Nawaz’s election as Chief Minister is a significant step forward for women in politics and a promising sign for the future of Punjab. As she embarks on her tenure, the people of Punjab look forward to seeing how she will use this historic opportunity to bring about positive change in the province.

In related news, Nawaz has announced her resignation from the National Assembly’s NA-119 seat, following her decision to take up the office of Chief Minister. This move marks a new chapter in her political career and the beginning of her journey as Punjab’s first female Chief Minister.

This news comes as a beacon of hope for women across the country, demonstrating that gender is no barrier to achieving the highest offices in the land. It is indeed a victory for every woman, every mother, and every sister in the province.

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