Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was born in
Nawaz Sharif got his schooling from Saint Anthony's High School.
After graduating from Government College Lahore, he obtained his Law
Degree from the
Nawaz Sharif remained a member of the Punjab Provincial Council for some time. He joined the Punjab Cabinet as Finance Minister in 1981. He was able to raise the allocation of funds for the development of rural areas to 70 percent of the Annual Development Program in the Province. He also held the portfolio of Sports and was able to reorganize the sports activities in the Province.
In the general elections of 1985, Nawaz Sharif won with an
overwhelming majority, both in the National and Provincial
Assemblies. On April 9, 1985, he was sworn-in as Chief Minister of
On November 6, 1990, Nawaz Sharif was sworn-in as Prime Minister of
the country, after his alliance, I. J.
During his tenure as the Prime Minister, efforts were made to
strengthen the industries with the help of private sector. Projects
like Ghazi Brotha and
Pakistan Muslim League again won the elections held in February 1997, and Mian Nawaz Sharif was re-elected as Prime Minister with an overwhelming majority.
Taking advantage of his absolute majority in the National Assembly, he added a landmark in the constitutional history of Pakistan by repealing the controversial Eighth Amendment. This Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment stripped the President of his powers, under Article 52(b) of the Eighth Amendment, to dismiss the Prime Minister and dissolve the National Assembly. He added another milestone to the Constitution when his Parliament adopted the anti-defection Fourteenth Amendment Bill. His development venture of the Lahore-Islamabad motorway has also been appreciated by a segment of the society, while others have criticized it for being an extravagance for a developing country.
On October 12, 1999, the civilian Government headed by Nawaz Sharif was overthrown by a military coup.
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