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Maryam Nawaz
Personal details
Born Maryam Nawaz Sharif
(1973-10-28) 28 October 1973 (age 42)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan
Spouse(s) Muhammad Safdar Awan (m. 1992)
Children 3
Occupation Politician

Maryam Nawaz (Urdu: مریم صفدر‎) is a Pakistani activist and daughter of the current prime minister of Pakistan. Since 2011, she has been active in the politics, and currently serves as an aide in the Muslim League, (N)

Family and education

Maryam Nawaz was born in Lahore, Punjab, the daughter of Nawaz Sharif and Kalsoom Nawaz.[1][2] Maryam has two brothers, Hussain and Hassan, as well as a sister named Asma. She belongs to the Sharif Family of Pakistan[3] She is the granddaughter of the industrialist Muhammad Sharif, the daughter of Nawaz Sharif and the niece of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Her cousin, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif is a Member of National Assembly of Pakistan.[4]

After graduating from Convent of Jesus and Mary school, she went to medical school but later continued her postgraduate studies at Punjab University and earned a Master's degree in English literature.[5] Maryam holds a Master's degree in English literature.[5][6][7][8]

She married Muhammad Safdar Awan and the couple has three children, Muhammad Junaid Safdar, Mehrunnisa Safdar and Mahnoor Safdar.

Social entrepreneurship

Maryam Nawaz Sharif has been the chairperson of Sharif Trust since 1997.[9][10][11][12]

Political career

She announced her intention to participate in politics to assist her father in November 2011.[13] She is now a worker of PML-N.[14] In the April 2012 article in Newsweek Pakistan Maryam Nawaz was described as the new face of the PML-N political party.[1] Her role in politics has often been portrayed and criticized as a representation of family politics in Pakistan.[15][16][17]

In November 2013, Maryam was appointed as the chairperson of Prime Minister’s Youth Programme and took responsibility for coordination, management, finalization and supervision of the implementation of the program.[9] The program includes Fee Reimbursement Scheme for underdeveloped areas throughout the country for the encouragement of students. She said about the program that the "focus of this scheme is to chisel and brush up the latent talent of the youth of the country and also to provide equal opportunities for acquiring higher education to the students of underdeveloped areas".[18] However her appointment was called into question and cited as an example of rampant nepotism by the opposition parties, especially the PTI. Zubair Niazi, a local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf took the matter to Lahore high court On 23 October 2014 where Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah ordered the administration to force her to resign. During the hearing, deputy attorney general Amir Rehman presented her academic credentials but withdrew them after failing to answer a query whether the Ph.D. degree was actual or honorary. He claimed that the details presented before the court had been collected from the internet. Justice Shah also expressed astonishment over the combination of her claimed degrees –an M.A. in English Literature) followed by a doctorate in Political Science.[6][19][20][21][21]


In April 2016, Maryam Nawaz, along with her siblings Hasan Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Nawaz Sharif were named in the Panama Papers as allegedly hiding their wealth in off-shore tax havens.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b Taseer, Sherbano (30 March 2012). "The rebirth of Maryam Nawaz Sharif". The Nation. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Habib, Yasir. "Maryam Safdar, PMLN and politics". The Dawn. OnePakistan. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sharif Family". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  4. ^ IndiaTimes (16 December 2013). "Maryam Nawaz Sharif: Rising Star on Pakistan's Political Firmament". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Gloria, Surbhi (14 August 2014). "Maryam Nawaz Sharif the beautiful daughter of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif". India TV. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "LHC asks govt to remove Maryam from loan scheme". 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Maryam Nawaz Holds Fake Degree of Ph.D, MA Degree Also Dubious". Voice of Pakistan. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  8. ^ "Maryam Nawaz MA in English but Ph.D in political science how ??? Video by Ary News". Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  9. ^ a b Web Desk (22 November 2013). "Maryam Nawaz appointed chairperson of PM's Youth Programme". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sharif Education City". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sharif College of Engineering & Technol". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sharif Education Complex". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "مریم نواز شریف کی سیاست میں آمد، اسرار بخاری". Nawa-i-Waqt (in Urdu). 23 November 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Our Correspondent (11 December 2011). "Maryam Nawaz to ‘raise Aafia’s issue’". The News International. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Ghosh, Palash (27 August 2013). "Maryam Nawaz Sharif: A Budding New Political Dynasty In Pakistan?". International Business Times. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Shah, Saeed (10 May 2013). "Political Dynasties Shape Course of Pakistan Election". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Nasrullah Sukkur (9 May 2013). "Maryam Nawaz & political dynasties". Dawn. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Siddiqui, Shoaib-ur-Rehman (23 May 2014). "Fee Reimbursement Scheme to ensure human, social development: Maryam". Business Recorder. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "LHC seeks criteria for Maryam’s appointment". 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  20. ^ "Lahore court tells govt to remove PM’s daughter as head of loan scheme - Khaleej Times". Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  21. ^ a b "Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam resigns from PM loan scheme". India TV News. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 

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