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, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma materDAV College, Lahore
OccupationBusinessman Industrialist
SpouseBegum Shamim Akhtar
ChildrenNawaz Sharif
Shahbaz Sharif
Abbas Sharif
RelativesSee Sharif family

Mian Muhammad Sharif (Punjabi, Urdu: میاں محمد شریف, 18 November 1919 – 19 October 2004) was a Pakistani businessman 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 trader Punjabi-speaking family of Kashmiri ancestry in Jati Umra. Their ancestors migrated from Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir.[1]

In 1939, Sharif founded a small steel foundry after selling his farming land.[2]

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]


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.