Reports: Pakistani Taliban name Imran Kahn on team for peace talks

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan says the Pakistani Taliban should pick their own representatives for the peace talks with the government.
Pervez Musharraf ordered to appear to answer treason charges

Pervez Musharraf ordered to appear to answer treason charges

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A Pakistani court issued a warrant Friday ordering former President Pervez Musharraf to appear to answer treason charges, his spokesman said.

Pakistani PM says talks with Taliban will be pursued

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government, keen to give peace another chance, will pursue talks with the Taliban despite its wave of violence.

Commentary: New dawn in Pakistan?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Pakistan’s new army chief has decided to go after homegrown Taliban terrorists irrespective of their links with members of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistani war planes strike militant hideouts

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Pakistani jets bombed the hideouts of militants Tuesday, killing several in retaliation for recent deadly attacks on security forces, sources told NBC News.
Pakistani military air strikes kill 40 militants

Pakistani military air strikes kill 40 militants

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Pakistani military announced on Tuesday that it had killed 40 militants in overnight airstrikes that targeted a Taliban stronghold in North Waziristan, close to the Afghan border.
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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia hold defense cooperation talks

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Pakistan and Saudi Arabia began bilateral defense cooperation talks with sources telling Dawn Riyadh may be interested in acquiring Pakistani military hardware.
Musharraf fails to appear in special court for his treason trial

Musharraf fails to appear in special court for his treason trial

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A special Pakistani court, hearing the treason trial of Pervez Musharraf, adjourned Thursday as the former military ruler failed to appear.
Commentary: Talibanized Pakistan?

Commentary: Talibanized Pakistan?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Pakistan to transfer nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia for cash and cheap oil while the army edges to center stage to head off the Talibanization of its political life.

Attack on Pakistani prime minister's adviser leaves six dead

MARTONG, Pakistan, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Six people died Sunday when two improvised explosive devices detonated near the car of the adviser to the prime minister of Pakistan, officials said.

Karzai praises Pakistani teen who died fighting suicide bomber

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has praised a 17-year-old Pakistani boy who died after he stopped a terrorist from detonating a suicide vest at his school.

Pakistani PM recommends heroic teen for award

HANGU, Pakistan, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Pakistan recommended a teenager who died preventing a suicide attack at his school be awarded the Sitara-e-Shujaat.

Senior Pakistan anti-terrorist chief dies in car bomb attack

KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The head of Karachi's police anti-terrorist division was killed along with three other policemen by a car bomb in the Essa Nagri area of the city.

Pervez Musharraf remains in hospital, exempted from court appearance

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf was exempted from appearing at a special court hearing his treason case due to his hospitalization.

Pakistan sets record with more than 2,700 killed in criminal attacks

KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The year 2013 was the bloodiest and most crime-ridden in Pakistan's history, with more than 2,700 people killed, regional and federal police units say.
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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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