Mian Muhammad Azhar

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Muhammad Azhar
Governor of Punjab, Pakistan
In office
August 1990 – 1992
President Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Preceded by General(R)Tikka Khan
Succeeded by Chaudhry Altaf Hussain
President of Pakistan Muslim League (Q)
In office
Preceded by Post Established
Succeeded by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Mayor of Lahore
In office
Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo
Benazir Bhutto
Nawaz Sharif

Mian Muhammad Azhar (Urdu: میاں محمد اظہر‎) is a senior Pakistani politician representing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He Is from a Arain family of Lahore Pakistan. He remains a major political player in Lahore . He is a former governor of Punjab (1990-1992) and the founder of PML-Q,[1] of which he was also president until retiring from politics. Azhar was mayor of Lahore between 1987-1991.[2]

Being a close aide of Nawaz Sharif in past, he was also awarded the NA ticket from NA-95, the seat vacated by Nawaz Sharif after the 1988 polls. Azhar won elections as the candidate of Islami Jamhoori Ittehad. In 1990, after the dismissal of Benazir Bhutto s first government, he replaced Gen (Rtd) Tikka Khan and became the governor of Punjab and held the office till 1992. He, however, left the office, which Muslim League insiders said, was due to the differences with Sharifs. In 1997 elections, he got elected as MNA on PML-N ticket from NA-92. His relations with Sharifs got bitter gradually and finally with the dismissal of Nawaz Sharif s government, he became the head of a new Muslim League called PML-Q. In the 2002 polls, while he was strong candidate for the slot of prime minister, in a dramatic way, lost NA elections from both seats of Lahore and Sheikhupura whereas his party managed to form government in the Centre and two provinces amid charges of massive rigging. He was replaced head of PLM-Q. He failed to win a seat in 2008 elections.[3][4][5]


Political offices
Preceded by
Tikka Khan
Governor of Punjab
1990 - 1993
Succeeded by
Chaudhary Altaf Hussain