Maryam Nawaz

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Maryam Nawaz
A white-skinned woman wearing purple Pakistani traditional dress and looking to her left.
Maryam Nawaz in a meeting
Native name مريم نوازشريف
Born Maryam Nawaz Sharif
(1973-10-28) 28 October 1973 (age 40)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma mater Punjab University
Cambridge University
Political party
Pakistan Muslim League
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Captain Safdar (PML-N Youth Leader)

Maryam Nawaz Sharif (Urdu: مريم نوازشريف‎; born 28 October 1973) is Pakistani female politician and the only daughter of current Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the first lady of Pakistan, Kalsom Nawaz. She is active in national politics and is a political central figure in the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).[1][2]

She was born in Lahore, Punjab province, during her father leading the steel conglomerate. After graduating from Convent of Jesus and Mary school, she pursued her undergraduate studies at Punjab University, and also earned master's degree from the same institution. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Cambridge University. She has worked vital role in the establishment of higher education in Punjab and serves as the chairman of the board of the Sharif Medical and Dental College. In 2011, she took active part in the national politics, while assisting her father's image in the country.

Life and education[edit]

Maryam Nawaz belongs to the Sharif family of Pakistan.[3] She is the granddaughter of Muhammad Sharif, a prominent industrialist and philanthropist. She is the only daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the niece of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and wife of retired army captain Muhammad Safdar,[4] all three men holding prominent positions in the political circles of Pakistan.[2][5][6]

She completed her early education from Convent of Jesus and Mary school in Lahore. She attended the Punjab University where she earned her undergratduate degree. Later on, she went proceed her master's studies and earned Master's degree in English Literature from the Punjab University. As of 2012, She is currently writing her doctoral thesis on "Post-9/11 radicalisation in Pakistan" and pursuing PhD in Political science from University of Cambridge.[1]

Social entrepreneurship[edit]

Maryam Nawaz has since 1997 been the chairperson of Sharif Trust, founded by her grandfather Muhammad Sharif, Sharif Medical City and Sharif Education Institutes. She takes a keen interest and is directly involved in the working of Sharif Trust and its allied institutions including Sharif College of Engineering & Technology, Sharif Education Complex, Sharif Model Schools for Boys & Girls, Sharif Institute of Technology and Islamic Center.[7][8][9] Sharif Medical City was established in 1997, includes 300 bed tertiary care center, 12 operation theaters and a 24 Hours Emergency & Trauma Service. More than 700 successful kidney transplants, both adult and children have been performed so far.[10]

Political career[edit]

She is now a leader of PML-N.[11] In the April 2012 article in Newsweek Pakistan,[1] Maryam Nawaz was described as the new face of the PML-N political party. Fluent in four languages, the Newsweek article portrays her as a progressive heir apparent of Pakistan's mainstream right-to-center PML-N party. She urged youth in her address on Quaid e Azam's day to play an important role in the economics and politics of Pakistan.[12] She announced her intention to participate in politics in order to assist her father in Nov, 2011. She may contest next general election (2013) from Raiwind on National Assembly Seat.[5][13][14]


  1. ^ a b c Taseer, Sherbano (30 March 2012). "The rebirth of Maryam Nawaz Sharif". The Nation. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Habib, Yasir. "Maryam Nawaz, PMLN and politics". The Dawn. OnePakistan. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sharif Family". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Siddiqui, Yousuf (29 July 2012). "Maryam Nawaz proud of father's decision to suspend husband Captain Safdar". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Qureshi, Kiran (20 February 2012). "Maryam Nawaz To Contest Election 2013 From Raiwind". awamiweb. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nawaz Sharif head of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group (PML N)". BlogSpot. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sharif Education City". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sharif College of Engineering & Technol". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sharif Education Complex". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Kideny Transplant Department". Sharif Medical City. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif". The News International. 
  12. ^ Staff Report (24 December 2011). "Maryam Nawaz asks youth to step forward". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Maryam Nawaz Sharif Ki Siasat Mein Aamad". Nawa-i-Waqat. 
  14. ^ "Maryam Nawaz Sharif Talks to Media about her Political Ambitions". Geo TV accessdate=2 September 2012. 26 November 2012. 

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