Mian Muhammad Sharif

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Muhammad Sharif
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Mian Muhammad Sharif

18 November 1919
Died19 October 2004(2004-10-19) (aged 84)
Resting placeRaiwind, AIT, Lahore
Alma materDAV College, Lahore
OccupationBusinessman Industrialist
Spouse(s)Shamim Akhtar
RelativesSee Sharif family

Mian Muhammad Sharif (Punjabi, Urdu: محمد شریف ;18 November 1919 – 19 October 2004) was an Indian businessman in the Punjab region who is known as the co-founder of Ittefaq Group and founder of Sharif Group.[1] Two of his three sons, Nawaz and Shehbaz became Prime Ministers of Pakistan.

Early life and family[edit]

Sharif was born in 1919 to Mian Mohammad Baksh, into a poor Kashmiri Muslim trader family in Jati Umra in the Amritsar district of Punjab Province in British India (now in Tarn Taran district, Punjab, India) to ancestors who migrated from Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir (now in India).[1] He was one among seven brothers. According to credible sources, he did his schooling from Indian Punjab, then he moved to Lahore for his college education, he studied in DAV College, Lahore. In 1936, the family relocated to Lahore for better economic opportunities. Sharif used to work as a laborer in a steel factory in Lahore, owned by a Hindu businessman. He later attributed most of his success and learnings to the caring and generosity of said businessman.

In 1939, Sharif founded a small steel foundry with borrowed money.[2] His business was among the largest businesses in Punjab, only after BECO Engineering.

He was married to Shamim Akhtar, with whom he had three sons. All his children became politicians, Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif and Abbas Sharif.[3] He developed a welfare project, Sharif Medical City, in Raiwind, Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore.


In 2000, Sharif's family was exiled to Saudi Arabia by then Chief of Army Staff Pervez Musharraf.[1] He died of a cardiac arrest in Jeddah, in 19 October 2004, at the age of 84.[4] Sharif was suffering from chronic heart disease and underwent angioplasty twice. In 1982, he had his first heart bypass.[4] His funeral took place in Masjid al-Haram on 30 October 2004.[5] He is buried in Raiwind, Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore.


  1. ^ a b c Staff Report (31 October 2004). "Mian Sharif: businessman, kingmaker and philanthropist". Daily Times. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Mian Sharif dies in Jeddah". DAWN.COM. 30 October 2004.
  3. ^ "Sharif Family". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b Jerar Naqvi, Lubna (31 October 2004). "Mian Sharif passes away". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  5. ^ Sharif, Arshad & Mumtaz, Ashraf (30 October 2004). "Mian Sharif dies in Jeddah". The Dawn. Retrieved 5 September 2012.