Former president of Pakistan dies

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Ghulam Ishaq Khan, a former president of Pakistan, was buried Friday a few hours after his death at age 91.

Former official accuses U.S. of hoax

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A former Pakistan official alleges the United States played a nuclear threat hoax on his country to end the 1999 conflict with India.

Sharif to talk to Bhutto

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif doesn't think his predecessor Benazir Bhutto would make a political deal with President Pervez Musharraf.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006.
By United Press International

Former Pakistan PMs sign democracy deal

LONDON, May 15 (UPI) -- Two former prime ministers of Pakistan, now in exile, pledged in London to work together to restore democracy in their country. Signing what they called a "charter of democracy," Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif agreed to work together in the general elect

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2005 with 80 to follow.
By United Press International

Army chief backs charges against minister

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 16 (UPI) -- A former Pakistani army chief has supported accusations that Information Minister Sheikh Rashid ran a training camp for Kashmiri militants in the 1980s.

Bhutto obtained missiles from North Korea

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto says she personally brought blueprints from North Korea for her country's missile program.

Rivals join hands to promote democracy

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Two former prime ministers of Pakistan, once bitter rivals, are joining hands to promote democracy in the South Asian Muslim nation.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 12, the 286th day of 2004 with 80 to follow.
By United Press International

British Commonwealth re-admits Pakistan

LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- Pakistan is set to be re-admitted to Britain's Commonwealth five years after it was suspended because of a military coup, the BBC said Saturday.

Rival's return panics Musharraf

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in Pakistan have arrested hundreds of people to prevent an exiled opposition leader from returning home.

Pakistan leader jailed for 23 years

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 12 (UPI) -- A Pakistani opposition leader has been sentenced to 23 years imprisonment on sedition charges, local newspapers reported Monday.

Pakistan holds treason trial of dissident

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A court in Pakistan has formally charged a prominent opposition politician of treason and inciting mutiny, the BBC reported Saturday.

India, Pakistan restore train links

NEW DELHI, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A train arrived in India from Pakistan Thursday, marking the resumption of rail links between the two nuclear rivals after a two-year hiatus.
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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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