Muhammad Sharif

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Muhammad Sharif محمد شریف
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Born Mian Muhammad Sharif
Amritsar, British India
Died Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Founder of Ittefaq Group
Spouse(s) Shamim Akhtar
Children 3; inc. Nawaz and Shahbaz
Relatives See Sharif family

Mian Muhammad Sharif (Punjabi, Urdu: محمد شریف‎ ;1919 – October 2004) was a Pakistani industrialist and the founder of Ittefaq Group. Part of the political prominent Sharif family, he is the father of the three-time elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, and Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. He died in 2004 at Jeddah during his family exile.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Sharif was born in 1919.[2] He was an upper middle-class businessman and industrialist who had migrated from Amritsar district to Pakistan during the partition of India in 1947. His ancestors were from Anantnag, Kashmir and claim descent from Imam Hassan(R.A)and hence they add Sharif as a surname. His family is of Kashmiri origin.[4] He was married to Shamim Akhtar, with whom he had three sons. His son, Nawaz Sharif, is a three-time elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif, is the Chief Minister of Punjab. His daughters-in-law are Kalsoom Butt, the First Lady of Pakistan, and Tehmina Durrani, an author. Two of his grandchildren, Hamza and Maryam are politicians.

Sharif Family tree[edit]

  not direct relatives (only related by marriage)

Politics and welfare projects[edit]

Sharif was very close to General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and was known as a respected political personality.[3] He was involved in politics through his sons, Nawaz Sharif who was Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and Shahbaz Sharif, who was chief minister of Punjab province of Pakistan.[5][6] He insisted on many policies that were followed by his sons. Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, who was a good friend of Muhammad Sharif, was appointed as the President of Pakistan by Nawaz Sharif on recommendation of his father.

He developed a welfare project, Sharif Medical City, in Raiwind, Pakistan. He established Azizia Steel Mills in Saudi Arabia.[2]


In 2000, Sharif's family was exiled to Saudi Arabia by then Chief of Army Staff Pervez Musharraf.[2] He died of a Cardiac arrest in Jeddah, in October 2004, at the age of 85.[7] Sharif was suffering from chronic heart disease and underwent angioplasty twice. In 1982, he had his first heart bypass.[7] He left three sons and a daughter behind.[1] His funeral took place in Masjid al-Haram on 30 October 2004.[8] He is buried in Raiwind, Lahore.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff Report (30 October 2004). "Mian Sharif dies in Jeddah". Daily Times. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Staff Report (31 October 2004). "Mian Sharif: businessman, kingmaker and philanthropist". Daily Times. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Sharif Family". Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Lieven, Anatol (2011). Pakistan: A Hard Country. PublicAffairs. p. 244. ISBN 978-1-61039-021-7. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nawaz Sharif". Encyclopædia Britannica on-line. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Government of Punjab, Pakistan". Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Jerar Naqvi, Lubna (31 October 2004). "Mian Sharif passes away". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Sharif, Arshad & Mumtaz, Ashraf (30 October 2004). "Mian Sharif dies in Jeddah". The Dawn. Retrieved 5 September 2012.