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Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif (Punjabi, Urdu: میاں محمد شہاز شریف, born 1950) is a well-known Pakistani politician and currently President of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N). He is the brother of Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan. He is the chief minister of Pakistan's most populous province Punjab since 2008. Previously, he held this position from 1997 to 1999, when Pervez Musharraf took control of Pakistan in a military coup. He, along with his entire family, was forced into exile until his return to Pakistan in late 2007.

Mian Shahbaz Sharif is the second son of a Kashmiri, named Mian Muhammad Sharif. He is a joint owner of Ittefaq Group. He played a vital role in the success of Ittefaq Group. Shahbaz Sharif's first marriage was with his cousin Nusrat Shahbaz (نصرت شہباز) in 1973, with the approval of his father, the late Mian Muhammad Sharif. They have two sons Hamza Shahbaz and Salman, and three daughters. Hamza Shahbaz is in politics and is a member of the National Assembly. Salman Shahbaz, educated at college, concentrates mainly on business. Shahbaz Sharif's second marriage was with Aaliya Honey (عالیہ ہنی) in 1993-94. They have one daughter, Khadija. He divorced her while in exile in Saudi Arabia. It is claimed that Shahbaz Sharif has a third marriage with Tehmina Durrani but he never publicly admitted it. This is the third marriage for both of them.

He was considered a strict and demanding administrator as the chief minister of Punjab. He received some criticism because he took charge of the office when his brother was the Prime Minister of Pakistan He was ousted along with his brother in the 1999 military coup, which brought Pervez Musharraf to power. He had been a notorious chief minister due to his strict administration.

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