Poll: No military in Pakistan politics

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A survey sponsored by Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper says 65.2 percent of urban people in the country want Gen. Pervez Musharraf to leave his office of president.

Ousted minister seeks return to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Corruption charges against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may be reconsidered in Pakistan even as he seeks to return from exile in London.

Analysis: Rice brings Musharraf back

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Rice brought Musharraf back into US ambit
ANWAR IQBAL, UPI Correspondent

Pakistan rules out state of emergency

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Embattled Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ruled out Thursday imposing a state of emergency on the country.

Analysis: Pakistan's mullah-military pact

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The long alliance between Pakistan’s powerful military and the country’s religious-political groups seems to be running out of steam, as the army looks for new partners among moderates.

Analysis: Musharraf on his way out

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- There seems to be a consensus in Pakistan -- from the man on the street to those in echelons of power -- that President Pervez Musharraf is on his way out.
ANWAR IQBAL, UPI Correspondent

Ally confirms Musharraf-Bhutto meeting

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 28 (UPI) -- An adviser to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf confirmed Saturday he has had a "very successful" meeting with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Bhutto announces power-sharing accord

LONDON, June 18 (UPI) -- Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto says she has reached a power-sharing arrangement aimed at returning Pakistan to civilian control. In an interview with the Financial Times in London, Bhutto said she and deposed Premier Nawaz Sharif verbally a

Musharraf supporters urge concessions

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 22 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said he won't strike a deal with his political rivals before the country's presidential election.

Musharraf firm about exiled leaders

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 18 (UPI) -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Friday reportedly ruled out the return to the country of two former prime ministers before elections.

Report: Bhutto has no deal with Musharraf

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 23 (UPI) -- A senior leader in Benazir Bhutto's party says the former Pakistani Prime Minister has not made any "power deal" with President Pervez Musharraf.

Former Pakistan PM vows to return

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 16 (UPI) -- Exiled former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says his return home cannot be stopped by President Pervez Musharaff, who ousted him in 1999.

Bhutto says she'll return to Pakistan

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- Exiled former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto says she plans to return to fight for restoration of democracy despite the threat of arrest.

Bhutto: India and Pakistan need peace

NEW DELHI, March 24 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, addressing a gathering in India, called Saturday for peace between her country and India.

MTV finally allowed to air in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- MTV has arrived in Pakistan as the country's fourth music television channel after Indus Music, The Muzik and ARY Music.
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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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