PM Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Karachi postponed
ISLAMABAD: PM Nawaz Sharif’s scheduled trip to Karachi for Wednesday has been postponed.
According to sources, there was no reason given for the postponement of the visit.
The Prime Minister was expected to be briefed about the law and order situation in the city by DG Rangers, Major General Rizwan Akhtar.
Early life and education
Nawaz Sharif was born in the upper-middle class Sharif family in Lahore, Punjab on 25th December 1949.The Sharif family are Punjabis of Kashmiri origin.His father, Muhammad Sharif, was an upper middle-class businessman and industrialist who’s family had emigrated from Anantnag in Kashmir for business, eventually settling in the village of Jati Umra in Amritsar district, Punjab in the beginning of the twentieth century. His mother’s family originated from Pulwama. Following the partition of India in 1947, his parents migrated from Amritsar to Lahore.His father followed the teachings of the Ahl al-Hadith.His family owns Ittefaq Group, a multimillion dollar steel conglomerate and Sharif Group, a conglomerate company with holdings in agriculture, transport and sugar mills. He is married to Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif.His brother Shahbaz Sharif is the incumbent Chief Minister of Punjab province while his nephew Hamza Shahbaz Sharif is a member of the National Assembly. His daughter Maryam Nawaz is also in politics and a leader of his party. One of his daughters is married to Ali Dar, who is a son of Ishaq Dar, the current finance minister of Pakistan.The personal residence of the Sharif family, Raiwind Palace, is located in Jati Umra, Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore.He also has a residence in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia known as the Sharif Villa, where he lived during his years in exile.His son, Hussain Nawaz Sharif, currently resides in the Jeddah house.
He went to Saint Anthony High School. He graduated from the Government College University, Lahore with an art and business degree and then received a law degree from the Punjab University Law College.
Nawaz Sharif is born on 25th December 1949.He is a Pakistani politician and industrialist who has been Prime Minister of Pakistan.He also served as Prime Minister for two non-consecutive terms from November 1990 to July 1993 and from February 1997 to October 1999.Nawaz Sharif is the president of Pakistan Muslim League (N) which is currently Pakistan’s largest political party in Pakistan.He has formed the government in Pakistan in 2013. As the owner of Ittefaq Group, a leading business conglomerate, he is also one of the country’s wealthiest men.He is commonly known as the “Lion of the Punjab or “Tiger of Pakistan.”
Nawaz Sharif rose to prominence as part of General Zia-ul-Haq’s military regime in the 1980s under the wing of Governor of Punjab Ghulam Jilani Khan. He was appointed Chief Minister of Punjab by Zia in 1985. After Zia’s death and Benazir Bhutto’s being elected Prime Minister in 1988,Nawaz Sharif emerged as opposition leader from the conservative Pakistan Muslim League. When Benazir was dismissed by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1990 on corruption charges, Sharif was elected Prime Minister the same year. But relations between Sharif and Ghulam Ishaq too deteriorated, with Ghulam Ishaq attempting to dismiss Sharif on similar charges. Sharif successfully challenged the President’s decision in the Supreme Court,but both men were ultimately persuaded to step down in 1993 by army chief Abdul Waheed Kakar.
Serving as the Leader of the Opposition during Benazir’s second tenure, Sharif was re-elected Prime Minister with a historic two-thirds majority in parliament after Benazir was again dismissed for corruption by new President Farooq Leghari.Nawz Sharif replaced Leghari with Rafiq Tarar as President, then stripped the Presidency of its powers by passing the Thirteenth Amendment. He also controversially ordered Pakistan’s first nuclear tests in response to neighbouring India’s second nuclear tests.When Western countries suspended foreign aid, Sharif froze the country’s foreign currency reserves to prevent further capital flight, but this only worsened economic conditions.
With rising unemployment and record foreign debt,Sharif’s second term also saw tussles with the judiciary and army. After Sharif was summoned for contempt by the Supreme Court in 1997, party workers attacked the court and Chief Justice Syed Sajjad Ali Shah. Sharif also fell out with army chief Jehangir Karamat and replaced him with Pervez Musharraf in 1998,but after Pakistan’s haphazard performance in the Kargil War, relations between the two also deteriorated. When he attempted to relieve Musharraf from his command on 12 October 1999, the army instead ousted Sharif’s government, exiling him to Saudi Arabia.
Sharif returned in 2007, and his party contested elections in 2008, forming the provincial government in Punjab under Sharif’s brother Shahbaz until 2013. He successfully called for Musharraf’s impeachment and the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Between 2008 and 2013, Sharif was in opposition. In the 2013 Pakistani general election, his party achieved the largest number of votes and he formed a coalition to become the 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan, returning to the position after fourteen years, in a democratic transition, for an unprecedented third time.