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Maryam Nawaz
Personal details
Born Maryam Nawaz Sharif
(1973-10-28) 28 October 1973 (age 43)[1]
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan[1]
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Spouse(s) Safdar Awan (m. 1992)
Parents Nawaz Sharif (father)
Kalsoom Butt (mother)
Relatives See Sharif family
Alma mater Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore
University of Punjab
Net worth 173 million (US$1.6 million) (2012)[2]

Maryam Safdar (Urdu: مریم صفدر‎; born 28 October 1973), better known by the name Maryam Nawaz Sharif (Urdu: مریم نواز شریف‎), is a Pakistani politician who is the daughter of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and the First Lady of Pakistan Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif.

Born in 1973 in Lahore, Sharif was initially involved in the family's philanthropic organisations, however in 2013, she entered in politics and was made in charge of Nawaz Sharif election campaign during the 2013 general election. In 2013, she was appointed as the Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme however she resigned in 2014 after her appointment was challenged in the Lahore High Court. She is seen as the political heir to her father.[3]

Early life and education

Sharif was born on 28 October 1973 in Lahore, Punjab,[1] to Nawaz Sharif and Kalsoom Butt.

She received her early education from Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore.[4] She then enrolled in King Edward Medical University in the late 1980s, however she left the college without completing her degree. A controversy arose in the matter later on when an opposition leader alleged that admission was illegal.[5]

Reportedly, she completed undergraduate studies from the University of Punjab, from where she received a master's degree.[1] In 2012, it was reported that she is completing her Ph.D. degree on post-9/11 radicalization in Pakistan.[6]

In 2014, her degrees in M.A. (English Literature) and Ph.D. in Political Science were questioned by Lahore High Court.[7][8] It was unclear whether her Ph.D. degree was earned or honorary.[9]

In 1992, she married Muhammad Safdar Awan.[10]

Political career

Prior to entering in politics, she remained involved in the family’s philanthropic organisation[11] and served as the chairperson of Sharif Trust, Sharif Medical City and Sharif Education Institutes.[12]

In 2012, she begun her political career[13] and was made in charge of Nawaz Sharif election campaign during Pakistani general election, 2013[14] where she reportedly played a prominent role.[15][11]

She was described by Newsweek Pakistan in March 2012 issue as “heir apparent” of Nawaz Sharif and the “presumed future leader" of the PML-N.[6][5]

In November 2013, she was appointed as the chairperson of Prime Minister’s Youth Programme.[12] However her appointment was called into question and cited as an example of rampant nepotism by the opposition parties, especially the PTI. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf took the matter to Lahore high court in 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.[16] In 2014, Sharif resigned from the post of the chairpersonship.[8][7][17]

In 2017, she was selected as one of the BBC's 100 Women.[11]


Panama Papers case

In April 2016, Nawaz was named in the Panama Papers as allegedly the beneficial owner of the properties in the United Kingdom owned jointly by her brothers.[18][19][20] After which PTI filed petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against her for misdeclaration.[21][22] In 2017, Panama Papers case verdict by Supreme Court of Pakistan cleared Sharif from the allegations made against her by petitioners.[23][24] However, she is being investigated for forging documents submitted to the Supreme Court in relation to the case.[3] The scandal has been widely referred to as Fontgate.[25] If convicted for such criminal offence she could be disqualified from holding office.[3]


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  2. ^ Ansar Abbasi (5 November 2016). "Maryam’s net wealth in 2012 was Rs173 million". The News International. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "A corruption probe threatens to undo Pakistan’s prime minister". The Economist. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Maryam Nawaz Sharif: Rising star on Pakistan's political firmament | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". DNA India. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Maryam Nawaz Sharif: A Budding New Political Dynasty In Pakistan?". International Business Times. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "The Rebirth of Maryam Nawaz Sharif". Newsweek Pakistan. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Sheikh, Wajih Ahmad (12 November 2014). "LHC asks govt to remove Maryam from loan scheme". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Ghumman, Khawar (13 November 2014). "Maryam Nawaz resigns as head of youth loan programme". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Maryam to ‘voluntarily’ resign from PM loan scheme". DAWN.COM. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Not dependent on PM since 1992, Maryam tells SC – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c "Maryam Nawaz makes it to BBC's '100 Women' list of political scions – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Maryam Nawaz appointed chairperson of PM's Youth Programme – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  13. ^ Newspaper, From the (11 April 2012). "Maryam Nawaz and laptops". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  14. ^ Rehman, Asha’ar (23 December 2016). "Daughter’s day". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  15. ^ Perasso, Valeria (21 March 2017). "100 Women: Presidential daughters around the world". BBC News. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "LHC seeks criteria for Maryam’s appointment". 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  17. ^ "PM Youth Loan Programme: Facing court challenges, Maryam calls it quits – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  18. ^ "‘Panama Papers’ reveal Sharif family’s ‘offshore holdings’". Dawn Newspaper. 
  19. ^ "Panama Papers: Nawaz family used offshore firms to own UK properties". The Express Tribune. 
  20. ^ "Panama Papers: Maryam Nawaz owns properties in Peru and Singapore as well". Daily Pakistan. 
  21. ^ "Maryam Sharif cleared by Pak SC in Panamagate case". mid-day. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  22. ^ Cheema, Hasham (23 February 2017). "How Pakistan's Panama Papers probe unfolded". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  23. ^ Asad, Malik (21 April 2017). "Apex court clears Maryam in Panama Papers case". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Maryam given clean chit". Retrieved 7 May 2017. 
  25. ^ Sune Engel Rasmussen; Pádraig Collins (13 July 2017). "'Fontgate': Microsoft, Wikipedia and the scandal threatening the Pakistani PM". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2017.