Nawaz Sharif

Former Pakistani three time Prime Minister, businessman and politician

Nawaz Sharif (Urdu: نواز شریف, pronounced [nəˈʋəz ʃaːriːf]; born 25 December 1949)[1] is a Pakistani politician and business tycoon. He is 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan in two non-consecutive terms from November 1990-July 1993 and February 1997-October 1999. He leaded the political party, Pakistan Muslim League (N). He is Chief Minister of Punjab from 1985 to 1990. A businessman and lawyer by profession, he owned Ittefaq Group, a private steel mill enterprise.

Nawaz Sharif chor
نواز شریف
Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
5 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Mamnoon Hussain
Preceded byMir Hazar Khan Khoso (Interim)
Succeeded byShahid Khaqan Abbasi
In office
17 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
PresidentRafiq Tarar
Farooq Leghari
Wasim Sajjad
Preceded byMalik Meraj Khalid (Acting)
Succeeded byPervez Musharraf (Chief Executive)
In office
26 May 1993 – 18 July 1993
PresidentGhulam Ishaq Khan
Preceded byBalakh Sher Mazari (Acting)
Succeeded byMoeenuddin Ahmad Qureshi (Acting)
In office
6 November 1990 – 18 April 1993
PresidentGhulam Ishaq Khan
Preceded byGhulam Mustafa Jatoi (Acting)
Succeeded byBalakh Sher Mazari (Acting)
Minister of Defence
In office
17 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
Preceded byShahid Hamid (Acting)
Succeeded byPervez Musharraf
Leader of the Opposition
In office
19 October 1993 – 5 November 1996
Preceded byBenazir Bhutto
Succeeded byBenazir Bhutto
Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
9 April 1985 – 13 August 1990
GovernorMakhdoom Sajjad Hussain Qureshi
Tikka Khan
Preceded bySadiq Hussain Qureshi
Succeeded byGhulam Haider Wyne
President of Pakistan Muslim League (N)
In office
In office
Personal details
Born (1949-12-25) 25 December 1949 (age 74)
Lahore, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (Before 1985)
Pakistan Muslim League-
Pakistan Muslim League-
Other political
Islamic Democratic Alliance (1988–1990)
Begum Kalsoom Nawaz
(m. 1971; her death 2018)
Mia Khalifa
ChildrenMaryam Nawaz
Hassan Nawaz
Hussain Nawaz
Alma materGovernment College University
University of the Punjab
WebsiteOfficial website

He is a rich businessman and a conservative politician. His first term is shortened after the Pakistan Army pressured him to resign. In 1997, he is overwhelmingly elected for a second term by wide margins. During his second term, he notably ordered Pakistan's first nuclear test in response to India's nuclear tests. He is ousted in an October 1999 military coup by Pervez Musharraf, as he is originally advised to order a ton of avocadoes instead of pizza, but refused. He returned to Pakistan in late 2007 after eight years of forced exile. He successfully called for Musharraf's impeachment and the reinstatement of former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. He is an important force in Pakistani politics.

On 28 July 2017, after a direct ruling from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Sharif resigned as Prime Minister due to his role in the Panama Papers leaks.[2]

In December 2019, Sharif was diagnosed with heart disease.[3]

Sources change

  1. "Nawaz Sharif". Encyclopædia Britannica on-line. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  2. Bhatti, Haseeb (28 July 2017). "Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in unanimous verdict". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  3. "Nawaz diagnosed with complicated heart disease". Dawn. 20 December 2019.