ISLAMABAD - Nearly a year after a court asked her to step down as chairperson of Prime Minister’s Youth Loan Programme, Maryam Nawaz Sharif is aspiring now to play an even bigger role as she vows to promote girls education in country. The prime minister’s daughter made the declaration as she stepped into the limelight of the visit to the White House.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif had decided to resign after a Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf petitioner challenged the criteria for appointing her as head of the PM’s youth programme. PTI leader Zubair Niazi had filed the petition, saying the impugned appointment was a result of sheer nepotism. On Thursday, Maryam’s speech in the Blue Room, along with the US First Lady Michelle Obama, was received glowingly by her party’s workers and viewed keenly by opposition politicians. Maryam Nawaz Sharif announced that she is embarking on the internationally important project—Let Girls Learn—an initiative of Michelle Obama.

During the event in the Blue Room, the US First Lady announced a new partnership to further adolescent girls’ education in Pakistan. And Maryam Nawaz Sharif will execute the project for which Michelle Obama announced a $70 million additional contribution to educate adolescent girls in Pakistan.

The US president and first lady launched the “Let Girls Learn” initiative this year to help more than 60 million girls worldwide who cannot attend school. They have also appealed world leaders to join hands and ensure that girls are not deprived of their basic education.

According to USAID, the Let Girls Learn programme in Pakistan will provide $70 million to new and ongoing USAID programmes benefiting more than 200,000 adolescent girls aged between 10 and 19 years. Maryam Nawaz Sharif used Twitter, the micro blogging site, to exhibit her enthusiasm during the U.S. visit. She changed her profile picture on her twitter account; viewed there now shaking hands with the US first lady. And, she also changed the header, indicating how important and effective the visit was.

Having a Masters Degree in English Literature and Ph.D in political sciences, Maryam Nawaz Sharif is staunch advocate of literacy in the country. She has dabbled in politics only briefly: she took part in bolstering image of PML-N in 2012. Maryam’s has been more active in overseeing Sharif Trust, a sequence of learning institutes including girls’ education.

PML-N leader close to Maryam Nawaz believe the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has multi-tasking ability. They seem to think that she can have a bright political future but say that only time will when she will formally enter politics.

Jugnu Mohsin, spouse of prominent journalist Najam Sethi who has tutored and groomed Maryam Nawaz, told The Nation she will thoroughly examine her activities in the White House first and then will be able to comment whether her visit was fruitful.

Although Maryam’s prominence on political landscape has met with criticism, particularly from PTI, sources in PML-N say that she calls the shots in the party, especially looking after its image and engagements on the social media.