After Musharraf, what next for Pakistan?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The resignation of President Pervez Musharraf after almost nine years as leader of Pakistan clears the decks for a new era of democracy -- and turmoil in the world's only Islamic nuclear power. And it could prove to be very bad news for the United States and its war against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

Musharraf spokesman: He hasn't quit

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf called rumors of his resignation Friday "totally baseless and malicious."

Deadline set for Pakistan coalition

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 23 (UPI) -- The party of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given an Aug. 15 deadline to its coalition partner to resolve various pending issues.
Report: Musharraf ouster effort seen

Report: Musharraf ouster effort seen

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 17 (UPI) -- A leader of Pakistan's coalition reportedly plans a Washington visit to win support to remove Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Court says Sharif cannot contest election

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 24 (UPI) -- A Pakistani court barred former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose party is in the ruling coalition, from contesting in a parliamentary by-election.

No agreement on getting rid of Musharraf

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 21 (UPI) -- Talks between the two major leaders in the parliamentary coalition in Pakistan have failed to produce agreement on how to get rid of President Pervez Musharraf.
Sharif says Musharraf on way out

Sharif says Musharraf on way out

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 13 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says President Pervez Musharraf is on his way out but that he won't be allowed to flee the country.

Lawyers march for judges' reinstatement

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 10 (UPI) -- Pakistani lawyers, upset over the delay by the new government to reinstate dismissed judges, began a march toward Islamabad to press their demands.
Reports on Musharraf leaving denied

Reports on Musharraf leaving denied

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 29 (UPI) -- A spokesman for President Pervez Musharraf denied news reports that the Pakistani leader planned to resign.

Commentary: Kinetic response

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- The campaigns of three U.S. presidential candidates and two huge natural disasters in Myanmar and China overshadowed a man-made geopolitical disaster now in the making in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan coalition in turmoil

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 13 (UPI) -- Pakistan's 6-week-old ruling coalition was in turmoil Tuesday as nine ministers of one of the parties quit over the failure to restore dismissed judges.

Pakistan's coalition government threatened

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 12 (UPI) -- Part of Pakistan's coalition government said Monday it was quitting its Cabinet posts over the failed reinstatement of judges President Pervez Musharraf ousted.

Pakistan leaders discuss judges' issue

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 8 (UPI) -- Pakistan's coalition leaders met in London to discuss a draft parliamentary resolution on reinstating judges dismissed by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Fired Pakistani judges to return

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 3 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced Friday that judges fired by President Pervez Musharraf will be restored to their posts.

Pakistani judges talks continue

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 1 (UPI) -- Pakistani coalition leaders were to meet again on reinstating dismissed judges, an issue whose resolution may decide the future of the month-old government.
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Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif enters to a car among his supporters during a visit to the shrine of Muslim saint Data Ganj Bukhsh in Lahore, Pakistan on February 16, 2008. Pakistan has deployed nearly 81,000 soldiers through the region with orders to shoot anyone suspected of committing violence on election day. (UPI Photo/Hossein Fatemi)

Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, (Punjabi, Urdu: میاں محمد نواز شریف) (born 25 December 1949) is a Pakistani politician who was Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1 November 1990 to 18 July 1993 and again from 17 February 1997 to 12 October 1999. He leads the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (Nawaz group), a political party. A wealthy businessman and a conservative politician, Sharif was Chief Minister of Punjab from 1985 to 1990 and was subsequently elected as Prime Minister. He notably ordered Pakistan's 1998 nuclear tests in response to India's nuclear tests and was ousted by Pervez Musharraf in an October 1999 military coup.

Mian Nawaz Sharif was born in Lahore, Pakistan on December 25, 1949, one year after the new nation's founding. He came from a family of scrap traders. His father and uncles had a small steel business named as 'Ittefaq' in Landa Bazar Lahore before the creation of Pakistan. Sharif attended St. Anthony's School Lahore. However, he along with his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif later on attended Pakistan Railway High School, Moghalpura, Lahore and both of them passed Matric from this school in 1964 and 1965 respectively. Nawaz Sharif got addmission in the Government College of Lahore. He obtained his B.A. degree after appearing in the supplementary examination. He claimed that he passed his Bachelor of Law degree from the Punjab University Law College, also in Lahore. He, however session he attended is unknown. Nawaz Sharif is a joint owner of Ittefaq Group. Ittefaq Group is one of the largest business conglomerates in Pakistan. He helped establish the Ittefaq Islamic Academy in Lahore, where students receive religious instruction in addition to their secular training. A practicing Moslem, Sharif comes from a religious family and has said he would make the teaching of the Quraan, the Muslim Holy Book, a compulsory subject up to the secondary level. Like studies, Sharif was also interested in cricket as well. He did appear in one 1st class match from Pakistan Railway against Karachi in 1974 where he scored a 'duck'.

Sharif and his male cousins expanded their family iron foundry only to lose it to a 1972 nationalization policy launched by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It was re-established in 1977 as Ittefaq Industries in Lahore. The business was returned after Sharif developed political links with President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq. It was General Zia who brought down Bhutto in 1977, executing him two years later on charges of conspiracy. By 1990, Ittefaq Industries was one of Pakistan's most affluent conglomerates, with more than $450 million in annual revenues, up from about $16 million in 1981. It included the country's largest private steel mill, Ittefaq Foundries (Pvt) Ltd, eight sugar mills, and four textile factories. Sharif's net worth is around US$ 4 billion, considered as one of the wealthiest individual. With upwards of hundred thousand employees, Ittefaq has played a significant role in the development and growth of industry in Pakistan. It has likely influenced Sharif's political career and pro-business stance as well.

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