Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is the current Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan, in office since 20 August 2018. He has been a member of the National Assembly since 13 August 2018 and is the current
Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is the current Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan, in office since 20 August 2018. He has been a member of the National Assembly since 13 August 2018 and is the current President of the Pakistan Muslim League-N. He has recently served his third term as the Chief Minister of Punjab from June 2013 to May 2018.
Born in Lahore in 1950, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is younger brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Shahbaz Sharif, who graduated with distinction from Lahore, is a keen businessman and played a vital role in success of the Ittefaq Group of Companies, which was founded by his father and uncles. He was elected as president of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1985.
He was elected to the Punjab Assembly in 1988 elections and National Assembly in 1990. He was again elected to the Punjab Assembly in 1993 and was named leader of the opposition in the house when Manzoor Wattoo was the chief minister of Punjab. After his election to the Punjab Assembly for the third time in 1997 elections, Shahbaz Sharif was elected leader of the house and sworn in as the chief minister of Punjab on February 20, 1997.
He held the office till October 12, 1999 when the military under staged a coup under General Pervez Musharraf and toppled the government of his brother. He was arrested from the Prime Minister House in Islamabad along with his brother. As the chief executive of the Punjab province, he was known as a strict disciplinarian. During his tenure, he tried to eliminate the culture of bureaucratic hurdles in the uplift process and focused on health, education, agriculture and industrial sectors. He launched a successful operation against ghost schools by involving army.
He also took action against use of illegal means in examinations across the province. The entry test and self-finance systems in medical colleges were introduced during his tenure as the Punjab chief minister. He never compromised on quality of work in development sector and several projects in Lahore are a proof of his commitment in this regard. Even his opponents described as the best administrator the Punjab ever has. Exiled to Saudi Arabia along with the whole Sharif family on December 20, 2000, he was elected unopposed as president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on August 3, 2002.
He spent two years in Saudi Arabia and then moved to the United States for medical treatment and instead of returning to Jeddah, where his family was staying, he went to London. He attempted to come back to Pakistan on May 11, 2004 but was again deported to Saudi Arabia within a few hours. He was re-elected as PML-N president for second term on August 2, 2006. He was once considered a strong future candidate for office of the prime minister of Pakistan.
He represented Pakistan at various international forums including the United Nations, where his views and speaking powers were appreciated. His keynote speech at the International Labour Conference held in Geneva in 1981 was praised by the worker associations, activists and democratic people around the world. He returned to Pakistan along with other family members on November 25, 2007 and landed at the Allama Iqbal Airport in Lahore.
On 8 June 2008, Shahbaz Sharif was elected as Chief Minister of Punjab, receiving 265 votes from the members of the 371-seat provincial assembly. He was the only candidate, and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q boycotted the vote. Speaking after his election, he called on Musharraf to resign. He won a vote of confidence on 9 June, receiving 266 votes.
His second term as Chief Minister lasted until 25 February 2009, when a three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, headed by Justice Moosa K. Leghari, declared him ineligible to contest elections, took away his seat in the Punjab Assembly, and thereby removed him from office. On 31 March 2009, a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court granted stay order on an earlier decision of the apex court, in which Mian Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif were disqualified from holding public office. As a result, Shahbaz Sharif returned to office as Chief Minister.
Mian Shahbaz Sharif after becoming Chief Minister of Punjab was welcomed by the public and media who were keen to see how he pursues his unfinished agenda of public welfare and reforms in education sector. He is fighting against corruption in the society in general and government functionaries in particular. He seems to have vision; a mega plan to transform Lahore into a true High-Tech City in Pakistan as well as an important high tech centre in the entire world.
Mian Shahbaz Sharif has repeatedly said that load-shedding, poverty and unemployment have made the life of the people miserable and it has become difficult for the poor to make both ends meet. He has said democracy is the name of service to the masses but the rulers sitting in Islamabad have made it a source of loot and plunder. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has termed load-shedding in the province a conspiracy hatched by the federation and President Asif Ali Zardari. Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said a visible reduction in load-shedding and complete end to the unscheduled power outages by the Federal government after protests was a clear proof of government's ill intent. Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif has said that the people now want electricity instead of democracy and therefore he keeps the democratic system sans electricity on his toes.