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Maryam Nawaz featured as 11 powerful women on The New York Times list

18 December, 2017

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Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has been featured on The New York Times list of 11 powerful women who the publication's correspondents wrote about in 2017.

Maryam along with 10 other women from around the world have been chosen for the article run under the NYT's Saturday Profile section, which "aims to bring to readers people around the world they probably have never heard of, but who have led interesting lives and done extraordinary things, or perhaps recently gone through a remarkable experience".

The curated list references to the NYT article published on October 27, "In Pakistani Fray, Maryam Sharif Is on the Edge of Power, or Prison", that focuses on "how she emerged as the right hand of her father" while also facing corruption charges.

“I am undeterred, unperturbed, fighting,” she is quoted as saying while "constantly clicking on a diamond-and-sapphire prayer counter" in the article.

Other powerful women on the NYT list include Henda Ayari, a French citizen of North African heritage and anti-Salafist activist who accused a prominent Oxford professor of raping her; Yu Xiuhua, one of China’s most read poets; and Manal al-Sharif, the "Saudi woman who got behind the wheel and never looked back", among others.

Maryam, as well as her father Nawaz Sharif and her husband retired Capt Mohammad Safdar, are facing a trial in an accountability court on a reference pertaining to the Avenfield flats in London. The case was filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the orders of the Supreme Court in its Panama judgement on July 28.

The daughter of the former premier has been vocal on social media about Nawaz Sharif's trial, the verdict that disqualified him, and the references filed against him, often openly referring it to his ouster as "victimization".

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