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Sharif, Nawaz

(näwäz` shärēf`), 1949–, Pakistani politician; grad. Government College, Lahore; Punjab Univ. Law College. Born into a prominent Lahore business family, he was by 1980 director of one of Pakistan's largest industrial conglomerates. In 1981 Sharif was appointed finance minister of the Punjab by the Zia government, and in 1985 he was elected chief minister of the province. An opponent of Benazir BhuttoBhutto, Benazir
, 1953–2007, prime minister of Pakistan (1988–90; 1993–96), daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Educated at Radcliffe and Oxford, she returned to Pakistan shortly before her father was overthrown by General Zia ul-Haq in 1977.
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's government, Sharif led the right-wing opposition, was elected to parliament in 1990, and became prime minister of a coalition government later that year. His administration initiated economic privatization and deregulation and the elevation of Islamic law. Sharif was ousted in 1993, but he again became prime minister when his Pakistan Muslim League (PML) party swept the 1997 elections. Sharif subsequently moved to reduce the power of Pakistan's president. In 1999 he was forced out by Pervez MusharrafMusharraf, Pervez
, 1943–, Pakistani army officer, president of Pakistan (2001–), b. Delhi. After the partition of British India, his family resettled in Karachi, Pakistan; he spent (1949–56) some of his childhood in Turkey, where his father was posted as a
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's coup. Accused by the new government of treason, hijacking, and corruption, Sharif was tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. His sentence was commuted, however, and in 2000 he was fined and exiled to Saudi Arabia for 10 years. In Aug., 2007, Pakistan's supreme court ruled that Sharif could return and, after an unsuccessful attempt to return in September, he did so in November. Subsequently, however, he was barred from running for parliament, but Pakistan's supreme court overturned that ban in May, 2009, and his hijacking conviction was overturned two months later. In the 2013 elections, the PML won a commanding plurality and Sharif became prime minister in June.
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PARIS -- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sounded upbeat over a meeting held on Monday with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of a climate summit in Paris.
Talking to Radio Pakistan, Rana Tanvir Hussain said that after coming into power, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been playing the role of statesman.
I want to say that Nawaz Sharif is the product of Gate No 4 of GHQ.
Islamabad, May 10 ( ANI ): Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif should 'grow up' and if he fails to do so, he should take pills to make him mature, commenting on Sharif's desire to become the prime minister.
Lahore -- Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President Senator Ch Shujat Hussain has filed a petition in the Supreme Court for disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri, Pakistan TehrikeInsaaf Chairman Imran Khan and others have been made party.
He further said that by misstating, Nawaz Sharif is not only refuting him but offending General Raheel Sharif.
The book covers ups and downs of political life of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif neither addressed any application to Pervez Musharraf nor they signed any pardon," PML-N Central Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal said.
RAWALAKOT -- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed desire for early rehabilitation of flood hit areas if AJK.
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Wednesday said that now there will be no talks with the government until Nawaz Sharif resigns from the office of prime minister.
WASHINGTON -- The US sought Pakistan's help in 1998 to prevent Osama bin Laden from launching an al-Qaida attack against it, with then President Bill Clinton asking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to personally use his influence to prevail over the Taliban in averting the imminent strike.
WASHINGTON -- This is an open secret that army chief General Raheel Sharif is estranged with Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif over not allowing Pervez Musharraf to go abroad, says leading US daily New York Times.