The eldest of three siblings of Late Mian Muhammad Sharif, Prime Minister
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was born on December 25, 1949 in Lahore. Mr. Muhammad
Nawaz Sharif got his early education from prestigious schools and earned his
graduation from the famous Government College, Lahore. After completion of his
academics, he joined the family business and also actively participated in
social and charitable endeavors.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif started active politics when he joined the Punjab Cabinet
as Finance Minister in 1981.He also held the portfolio of Minister for Sports.
In the 1985 general elections, he was elected to both the National and Punjab
Provincial Assemblies. On April 9, 1985, he was sworn-in as Chief Minister of
Punjab. He also served as caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab. After winning a
majority in the 1988 Provincial Assembly Elections, he was re-elected as Chief
Minister of Punjab.
He was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and held the office from November
1, 1990 to July 18, 1993 when President Ghulam Ishaq Khan (late) arbitrarily
dissolved the National Assembly. The Supreme Court annulled the former
President’s unconstitutional act and reinstated the National Assembly and Nawaz
Sharif’s government on May 26, 1993. However, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif resigned
from his office on July 18, 1993 to facilitate fresh elections in the country.
He remained leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly from October 19,
1993 to November 5, 1996.
He was again elected the Prime Minister of Pakistan on February 17, 1997 after
his party won an overwhelming majority in the general elections. General (Retd)
Pervez Musharraf staged a coup and overthrew his democratically elected popular
government on Oct 12, 1999.He was sentenced for life and underwent 14 months of
imprisonment before being forced into exile by General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf.
During previous tenures of his government, a number of mega development projects
were completed including South West Asia’s first 367km motorway, linking Lahore
with Islamabad. Efforts were made to strengthen the economy with the help of
private sector and projects like Ghazi Barotha, Gwadar Mini port were initiated.
Land was distributed among landless peasants in Sindh. Relations with the
Central Asian Muslim Republics were strengthened and ECO was given a boost. His
most important contribution was success in re-invigorating the economy of the
country by pursuing a policy of liberalization, privatization, and deregulation
despite economic sanctions. He succeeded in repealing the controversial Eighth
Amendment unanimously and the adoption of anti-defection Fourteenth Amendment
In an attempt to end the Afghan civil war after the withdrawal of Soviet Forces,
he succeeded in convincing Afghan factions to unite and sign “Islamabad Accord “for establishing
peace in Afghanistan and the region.
Mr. Nawaz Sharif raised the international stature of Pakistan when his
government conducted nuclear tests on May 28, 1998 in response to India’s
nuclear blasts. Pakistan’s strategic security was made impregnable with the
In May, 2007, he signed the Charter of Democracy (CoD) with the leader of PPP,
Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and other prominent political leaders in London
for strengthening and sustaining democracy in the country.
Since 2008, he played the role of a statesman by committing to uphold democratic
values and traditions and work for the welfare of the people of Pakistan. His
strict adherence to these ideals paved the way for completion of the
constitutional term by the elected Assemblies.
Pakistan Muslim League-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif created history when he
was elected as the 27th Prime Minister for an unprecedented third
time by securing 244 votes in the National Assembly.
Mr. Nawaz Sharif is a family man, devoted son, and an affectionate father. He is
God fearing; and his love for the people is manifest when he reaches out to the
poor and the oppressed to redress their grievances in their hour of distress.
Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Begum Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif have two sons and two
daughters who are all married and well settled.