Top 5 Facts About Shehbaz Sharif
Fact 1: Shehbaz is the longest serving minister in the history of Punjab spanning over 11 years of rule
His tenures involved the 1997 Nawaz Government, 2008 Pakistan Peoples Party’s regime and 2013 PML-N’s rule. He is known for launching “mega-projects” in the public sector including infrastructure development, transit projects and power plants and is criticised over a lack of priorities, spending development funds mostly in Lahore and large cities, nepotism, conflict of interests and misuse of authority by opposition parties.
One of his projects known as the “Sasti Roti scheme” was scrapped after the Rs7.85 billion loan debt accrued from commercial banks was left unpaid by the food department owing to non-provision of funds earmarked in the financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11, according to the Express Tribune.
Fact 2: Sharif spent years of self-exile in Saudi Arabia
After a coup in 1999, Shehbaz Sharif spent years of self-exile in Saudi Arabia, returning to Pakistan in 2007. Shehbaz was appointed as a CM for a second term after the PML-N’s victory in the province in the 2008 general elections.
While in exile in Saudi Arabia, Shehbaz was elected as the president of PML-N in August 2002 and moved to the United Kingdom in mid-2003 for medical treatment.
He was re-elected as the president of PML-N for a second term in August 2006 and returned to Pakistan along with Nawaz Sharif in November 2007.
Fact 3: Shebaz has married five times and currently has two wives
Sharif has married with 5 women so far. He first married his cousin Begum Nusrat Shahbaz in the year 1973, who was a mother of 5 of his children including Hamza Sharif, Salman Sharif and three daughters. Nusrat Shahbaz died in the year 1993.
His second marriage was with the sister of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officer Tariq Khosa in the same year of his first wife’s death. The name of his second wife is Nargis Khosa.
Aaliya Honey became the third wife of the veteran politician whom he married secretly. But during his exile in Saudi Arabia, Shahbaz Sharif later divorced her.
In the year 2003, Shahbaz Sharif got married with the ex-wife of former governor Punjab Ghulam Mustafa Khar, Tehmina Durrani.
The 63-years old politician had his 5th marriage with Kalsoom Hay who was a wife of former DPO Okara Tariq Qureshi with whom he has three children.
Sharif’s two wives’ — Nusrat and Tehmina Durrani — have cumulative assets valued at Rs389 million, according to their asset details shared with the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Fact 4: Shehbaz was once issued an issued an arrest warrant by an anti-terrorism court
In 2003, an anti-terrorism court issued an arrest warrant for Sharif in a 1998 extrajudicial killings case. Sharif was accused for ordering extrajudicial killings of five people in a fake police encounter in 1998 during his first tenure as Chief Minister of Punjab.
Sharif attempted to return to Pakistan in 2004 to appear before the court, but was forcibly deported back to Saudi Arabia. In August 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan gave its verdict which allowed Sharif to return to Pakistan.
In September 2007, a court in Pakistan ordered police to arrest Sharif “at whichever airport he lands at” on a 2003 arrest warrant. Sharif denied ordering the alleged killings and said the charges against him were politically motivated.
Fact 5: Shebaz is a multi-millionaire
Shehbaz Sharif has total assets worth Rs159,010,066 according to documents obtained by DawnNewsTV.
- Owns non-agricultural property worth Rs14.8m in Lahore and Murree
- Owns 670 kanals of agricultural land worth Rs35,000, since most of it is stated to be a gift from his mother
- Owns two flats in London worth £241,281 and £677,014
- Has shares in several mills including Hudaibiya Paper Mills worth Rs273,000 (all inherited from father)
- Owns a “partially gifted” Toyota Land Cruiser (2006 model) worth Rs6.3m
- Has Rs11.4m in bank balance and cash/prize bonds
- His wife Nusrat Shahbaz owns two houses worth a total of Rs186.6m
- His other wife Tehmina Durrani has net assets worth Rs5.8m