Sharif, Nawaz

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. A supreme court review of possible corruption involving Sharif and his children, arising from the Panama PapersPanama Papers,
popular name for the some 11.5 million internal documents belonging to the Panamanian-based law firm Mossack Fonseca that revealed information about secret offshore companies and bank accounts that had been established by wealthy individuals and politicians to
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 revelations, led in 2017 to his disqualification from public office for life, and he resigned as prime minister. In 2018 he was disqualified from serving as PML leader and then convicted of corruption; he was convicted of corruption in a second case later in 2018.
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Talking to a private news channel, he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members were confused as to who was leading the party, whether it's Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif or Mariyam Nawaz.
To another query, the minister said today people were facing tough time just because of Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari as these people had badly ruined the country's economy.
Commenting on his political opponents, Rashid said that he does not see any political future for Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif or the Zardaris.
In his meeting with PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz said he could nothing but pray for the country.
Referring to the arrest on Friday of his younger brother and former chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz said the way Shahbaz was summoned in one case and later arrested in another, showed the level of transparency in the entire accountability process.
Nawaz's release would help settle things (within the party)." Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif's brother, took over the leadership of the PML-N following the latter's imprisonment.
Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz's younger brother and former chief minister of Punjab, confirmed the news of in tweet.
Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz's brother and President of the PML-N, said the party rejected the verdict and would use all legal and constitutional means to challenge the verdict.
Despite criticism from various political quarters and the disowning of the 'misleading' remarks from his own brother and party president Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz stuck to his stance Monday morning.
Praising the "transformation of Lahore" by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz criticised the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for neglecting development.
Praising the 'transformation of Lahore' by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz criticised the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for neglecting development.
Throwing his weight behind Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz said that those who wish that Shahbaz parts ways with us, they are mistaken, no such thing will happen.