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Violence breaks out at Pakistan's 'Independence March'

Violence breaks out at Pakistan's 'Independence March'

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Violence broke out Friday as opposition leader Imran Khan made his way to a mass demonstration seeking the removal of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
JC Finley
Anti-government protests expected as Pakistan marks independence

Anti-government protests expected as Pakistan marks independence

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 14 (UPI) --As Pakistan marks its independence from the British Raj on Thursday, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters are expected to demonstrate in Islamabad.
JC Finley
Bloody swath

Bloody swath

The Pakistani army has ruled Pakistan for half its existence. Giving Pakistan's domestic Taliban the benefit of the doubt, the army is about to take over again.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Too many archdukes, too many bullets

Too many archdukes, too many bullets

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) --From Libya in the west to Pakistan and India in the east, these regions are filled with ticking time bombs that could easily explode into major conflict.
Harlan Ullman
Pakistani attacks on militants displace over 450,000

Pakistani attacks on militants displace over 450,000

ISLAMABAD, June 25 (UPI) --Over 450,000 Pakistanis have been displaced in a massive government offensive against suspected Taliban and other targets, said disaster management officials.
Ed Adamczyk
Pakistan's airstrikes aim to 'finish off' militants 'once and for all,' says defense minister

Pakistan's airstrikes aim to 'finish off' militants 'once and for all,' says defense minister

ISLAMABAD, June 16 (UPI) --The Pakistani military launched airstrikes Sunday in an operation intended to "finish off" the Taliban "once and for all," Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said.
JC Finley
New gas facility on stream for Pakistan

New gas facility on stream for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, June 16 (UPI) --Austrian energy company OMV said Monday getting a new gas facility on stream in Pakistan was a major boost to for the country's energy supplies.
Daniel J. Graeber
Militant attack on Karachi airport leaves five dead

Militant attack on Karachi airport leaves five dead

KARACHI, Pakistan, June 8 (UPI) --Militants attacked Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, killing four military personnel and one militant.
Danielle Haynes
Pakistan: Decline and fall?

Pakistan: Decline and fall?

Pakistan is one of the world's nine nuclear powers whose Prime Minister wants to make a deal with Taliban terrorists, which army generals oppose.
By Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Pakistan PM condemns stoning death of woman

Pakistan PM condemns stoning death of woman

ISLAMABAD, May 29 (UPI) --Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demanded a report Thursday on the stoning to death of a woman in Lahore.
Ed Adamczyk
Modi seeks toughness on terrorism, trade with Pakistan in first day as India's PM

Modi seeks toughness on terrorism, trade with Pakistan in first day as India's PM

NEW DELHI, May 27 (UPI) --Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday, called for a halt to militants using Pakistan to attack India.
Ed Adamczyk
India's Narendra Modi invites Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif for his inauguration

India's Narendra Modi invites Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif for his inauguration

NEW DELHI, May 21 (UPI) --Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi made a big statement Wednesday by inviting Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his inauguration on May 26.
Ananth Baliga
Pakistan reduces Afghan immigration

Pakistan reduces Afghan immigration

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, May 13 (UPI) --Pakistan has begun reducing the flow of Afghan immigrants, fearing the pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan might trigger an overload of new arrivals.
Ed Adamczyk
Brother of prominent journalist claims Pakistani government responsible for his shooting

Brother of prominent journalist claims Pakistani government responsible for his shooting

KARACHI, Pakistan, April 21 (UPI) -- Amir Mir claims his brother, prominent Pakistani TV news anchor Hamid Mir, was shot Saturday by Pakistan's intelligence service in an assassination attempt.
JC Finley
Pakistani Taliban cancels ceasefire

Pakistani Taliban cancels ceasefire

ISLAMABAD, April 16 (UPI) -- The Pakistani Taliban announced Wednesday that it was cancelling the month-long ceasefire that was agreed to on March 1 and extended to April 10.
JC Finley
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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)
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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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