Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (
Punjabi: میاں محمد نواز شریف, born 25 December 1949) is a Pakistani business magnate and former politician who served as the
Prime Minister of Pakistan from 2013 until disqualification for life by the
Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2017. He had previously served as the Prime Minister twice in the 90s (1990-93 and 1997-99) and the
Chief Minister of Punjab from 1985 to 1990. He is Pakistan's longest-serving prime minister.
Born into the upper-middle class
Sharif family in
Lahore, he is the son of
Sharif Group founder,
Muhammad Sharif, and the elder-brother of three-time elected Punjab Chief Minister,
Shehbaz. He is one of Pakistan's
wealthiest men with a net worth of $1.4 billion.
 Sharif studied business at
Government College and later law at the
University of Punjab before entering politics in the later 1970s. In 1981, Sharif was appointed by
Zia-ul-Haq's regime as the
Minister of Finance for the province of
Punjab. Backed by a loose coalition of conservatives, he was elected as the
Chief Minister of Punjab in 1985 and re-elected after the end of
martial law in 1988. In
1990, Sharif led a
conservative alliance to victory, leading him to become the nation's Prime Minister. Later it was alleged that the election was rigged in favour of Sharif by the Pakistani intelligence agency, the
ISI, channeling millions of
rupees into his election campaign.
Sharif's first administration came to an end when then President
Ghulam dismissed Sharif on corruption charges. Sharif successfully challenged the dismissal in the
 but both men were ultimately persuaded to step down in 1993 by
 Sharif's second term also saw tussles with the
judiciary and the
military. Sharif also forcibly
Karamat from command and replaced him with
Musharraf in 1998.
 However, the
Kargil War led to a deterioration of his relations with Musharraf. When he attempted to relieve Musharraf from his command on 12 October 1999, the
ousted Sharif's government and exiled him to
In the 2013
elections, Sharif's Muslim League formed a
coalition government. As a result, Sharif was elected Prime Minister by Parliament.
 On the security front, in 2015 the military
launched an offensive to remove
extremist groups in
northwestern Pakistan and another
paramilitary offensive in 2017.
 Sharif's third term is also underpinned by
social centrism rather than the
social conservatism which guided his prior two terms.
 Sharif's third term has brought macroeconomic stability with the help of substantial loans from the
IMF, and multi-billion dollar investment deals with
 However, he has faced criticism over rising
 which has risen by 35%.
 Sharif's family has come under trial over the
On 28 July 2017, Sharif was barred from public office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan for a period of 10 years. He was also put on the Exit Control List to prevent his departure from the country—in order for the NAB to continue investigation corruption charges against Sharif and his three children,
 Sharif submitted his resignation after the ruling.