Shahbaz Sharif

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Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif
میاں محمد شہباز شریف
Shahbaz Sharif (cropped).jpg
17th Chief Minister of Punjab
Assumed office
6 June 2013
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Governor Mohammad Sarwar
Preceded by Najam Sethi
Majority Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N)
In office
8 June 2008 – 26th March 2013
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Raja Parvez Ashraf
Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood
Latif Khosa
Salmaan Taseer
Preceded by Dost Muhammad Khosa
Succeeded by Najam Sethi
Constituency Bhakkar, Punjab Province
3rd President of Pakistan Muslim League (N)
In office
20 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar
Farooq Leghari
Wasim Sajjad
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Governor Shahid Hamid
Zulfiqar Ali Khosa
Preceded by Mian Muhammad Afzal Hayat
1st Executive Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League (N)
In office
30 September 2002 – 27 July 2011
Vice President Ghaus Ali Shah
In office
12 October 1999 – 30 September 2002
President Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif
Personal details
Born Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif
(1951-09-23) September 23, 1951 (age 62)
Lahore, Punjab Province, West-Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N)
Spouse(s) Begum Nusrat Shahbaz (1973–1993)
Aaliya Honey (1993-1994)
Tehmina Durrani(2003 – present)
Children Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Salman Shahbaz Sharif, Rabia Imran
Residence Chief Minister House, Lahore (official)
Occupation Politician
Profession Businessman
Religion Islam

Mian Shahbaz Sharif (Punjabi, Urdu: مِیاں مُحَمَّد شَہباز شَرِیف‎, Miyāⁿ Muḥammad Šẹhbāz Šarīf, pronounced [miˈɑ̃ː mʊˈɦəm.məd̪ ʃɛhˈbɑːz ʃəˈriːf]; born September 23, 1951) is a Pakistani politician and a public figure who serves as the Chief Minister of Punjab, Pakistan. He is the longest serving Chief Minister of Punjab by holding the same office twice before between 1997 till 1999 and 2008 till 2013.

As the brother of Nawaz Sharif, current Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Shahbaz serves as the second person in charge of the party and presides over its provincial chapter of Punjab. Shahbaz after 1999 Pakistani coup d'état, he along with his entire family, was sent to exile to Saudi Arabia only to return to Pakistan in 2007.

He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab in 1988 elections and National Assembly in 1990. He was again elected to the Punjab Assembly in 1993 and was named Leader of the Opposition in the house when Manzoor Wattoo was the chief minister of Punjab. After his election to the Punjab Assembly for the third time in 1997 elections, Shahbaz Sharif was elected leader of the house and sworn in as the chief minister of Punjab on February 20, 1997.


Mian Shahbaz Sharif is the second son of Mian Muhammad Sharif. He is a joint owner of Ittefaq Group. He played a vital role in the success of Ittefaq Group. In 1973, Shahbaz Sharif married his first wife, Nusrat Shahbaz (نصرت شہباز). In 1993, Shahbaz Sharif married his second wife, Nargis Khosa. The third wife was Aaliya Honey (عالیہ ہنی).[1] He divorced her while in exile in Saudi Arabia and they have a daughter, Khadija Shahbaz. Shahbaz Sharif's fourth marriage is with Tehmina Durrani, the author of My Feudal Lord.[2] In 2012, Shahbaz Sharif married his fifth wife, Kalsoom Qureshi [3]

First term Chief Minister of Punjab[edit]

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[citation needed] He was ousted along with his brother in the 1999 military coup, which brought Pervez Musharraf to power.[4]


Shahbaz Sharif lived in exile in London with his brother as a result of a deal he and his brother made with Pervez Musharraf, the exiled former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif after coming from Saudi Arabia. Although Sharif brothers initially denied the existence of any deal, but later admitted it.[5] The deal papers were made public in 2008. He once tried coming back to Pakistan following a High Court decision that he was free to come back whenever he wanted. On 11 May 2004 his plane landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore but he was arrested and again deported to Saudi Arabia within a few hours.

President of Pakistan Muslim League (N)[edit]

Mian Shahbaz Sharif was elected President of PML (N) on 3 August 2002 while in exile in Saudi Arabia. He was re-elected President of PML(N) for a second term on 2 August 2006.

Return to Pakistan[edit]

In August 2007, Supreme Court of Pakistan gave its verdict which allowed Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan.

On 7 September 2007, judge Shabbir Hussain Chatha ordered police to arrest Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif and produce him before the court, after the hearing in Lahore. The court ruled that "Shahbaz Sharif should be arrested (at) whichever airport he lands at." Nawaz Sharif too faces detention on the pair's planned return from exile to Pakistan on 10 September 2007, to challenge President Pervez Musharraf's 8-year military rule.[6]

His brother Mian Shahbaz Sharif changed return plans at the last minute.[7][8]

Sharif was not allowed to participate in the 2008 elections because of allegations against him. His son Hamza Shahbaz was supposed to run from a NA seat in Lahore but due to the death of a candidate the elections were postponed.

Second term as Chief Minister[edit]

On 8 June 2008, Shahbaz Sharif was elected as Chief Minister of Punjab, receiving 265 votes from the members of the 371-seat provincial assembly. He was the only candidate, and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q boycotted the vote. Speaking after his election, he called on Musharraf to resign.[9] He won a vote of confidence on 9 June, receiving 266 votes.[10]

His second term as Chief Minister lasted until 25 February 2009, when a three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, headed by Justice Moosa K. Leghari, declared him ineligible to contest elections, took away his seat in the Punjab Assembly, and thereby removed him from office.[11] On 31 March 2009, a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court overturned[12] an earlier decision of the apex court, in which Mian Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif were disqualified from holding public office. As a result, Shahbaz Sharif returned to office as Chief Minister.

Some of the major projects initiated by Shahbaz Sharif during his second tern include

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurating an IT project
  • Punjab Educational Endowment Fund[13] a scholarship fund for students
  • Lahore Metro Bus System A 32 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system from Gajumata to Shahadra,
  • Danish Schools is a free education project to provide top class education to the less fortunate in Pakistan
  • Ashiana Housing Schemes[14] Affordable Housing for low income families with modern facilities in Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala & other cities of Punjab.
  • e-Youth Initiative[15] to provide free laptops to 100 thousand brilliant students studying at public sector colleges & universities and high achievers of the Boards of Punjab in Matriculation Examinations
  • Foresic Science Laboratory at Lahore[16] Establishing of Punjab Forensic Science Agency and a state of the art forensic lab
  • Punjab Youth Internship Program[17] A program to equip 50,000 unemployed youth with productive skills in Punjab. A monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 will be paid to the interns.
  • Plan9 - Tech Incubator[18] A program designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services
  • Lahore Waste Management Company[19] An Integrated Solid Waste Management project with collaboration of Turkish contractors for the city of Lahore to serve as a model for other areas in Punjab.
  • The Punjab Model of Proactive Governance[20] A system to proactively seek feedback from consumers of government services using call centers, text messages and phone calls. The project has been supported and funded by the World Bank.[21]

Shahbaz Sharif is well respected internationally including China, Germany and Turkey. Their government functionaries are impressed by his governance of the Punjab province.[22] He is acknowledged even by his opponents as an outstanding administrator for his role in making Punjab a model of good governance.[23]

Fight against Dengue[edit]

In 2011 there was a Dengue fever outbreak in Punjab. The total number of reported patients was 17,352, with loss of 252 lives in district Lahore only. The Punjab government under chief minister Shahbaz Sharif took radical and drastic measures[24] to bring this menace completely under control. In 2012 only 182 confirmed cases were reported in district Lahore with zero mortality. The achievement was recognized and appreciated by Sri Lankan and other foreign experts.[25]

Third term as Chief Minister[edit]

On 6 June 2013, Shahbaz Sharif was elected Chief Minister of Punjab for a third term with more than two-thirds majority. He secured 300 votes while his opponent Mian Mahmoodur Rashid of PTI got 34 votes.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Omer Farooq Khan (10 April 2010). "Muslim law and Pakistan". Times of India. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Shahbaz confirms marriage to Tehmina". Daily Times. 24 February 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Shahzad, Syed Saleem (26 January 2008). "Sharif picked to tame Pakistan's militancy". Asia Times. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Pakistan court orders arrest of Sharif's brother. (27 March 2013). Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
  7. ^ US says ex-Pakistani premier Sharif's deportation an "internal matter". (27 March 2013). Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
  8. ^ Kumar, Arun (11 September 2007) US denies hand in Sharif deportation. Muslim World News
  9. ^ "Former Pak PM's brother elected provincial chief executive". People's Daily Online. Xinhua. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "CM Shahbaz Sharif gets Vote of Confidence", Pakistan Times, 10 June 2008.
  11. ^ Pakistan faces instability as Sharif disqualified. The China Post (2009-02-26). Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  12. ^ Court clears the way for Nawaz Sharif to return to power The Telegraph (2009-03-31)
  13. ^ Punjab Education Endowment Fund
  14. ^ PML(N) Achievements
  15. ^ Youth Development Programme
  16. ^ Punjab Forensic Science Agency
  17. ^ Punjab Youth Internship Program
  18. ^ Plan9 Tech Incubator
  19. ^ Lahore Waste Management Company
  20. ^ [2], Punjab Model for Proactive Governance: New anti-corruption drive makes waves, The Express Tribune (2012-02-19).
  21. ^ [3], Pakistan: Enhancing Service Delivery in Districts across Punjab.
  22. ^ Nawaz, Shahbaz most popular leaders Pakistan Observer
  23. ^ Shahbaz Deserves Better The Nation (2012-11-03)
  24. ^ [4], Combating Dengue
  25. ^ Dengue under control: Health department The News International (2012-10-18)
  26. ^ [5], Shahbaz Sworn in as CM Punjab for Third Time,

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Preceded by
Mian Muhammad Afzal Hayat
Chief Minister of Punjab
Succeeded by
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
Preceded by
Dost Muhammad Khosa
2nd term
Succeeded by
Salmaan Taseer (Governor's Rule)
Preceded by
Salmaan Taseer
Succeeded by
Najam Sethi
Party political offices
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Nawaz Sharif
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