Maryam Nawaz Sharif (Urdu: مريم نوازشريف; Born 28 October 1973) is the daughter of former Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the former first lady of Pakistan, Kalsom Nawaz. She is active in national politics and is a political central figure in the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
She was born in Lahore, Punjab province, during her father leading the steel conglomerate. After graduating from Convent of Jesus and Mary school, she pursued her undergraduate studies at Punjab University, and also earned a master's degree from the same institution. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Cambridge University. She has worked vital role in the establishment of higher education in Punjab and serves as the chairman of the board of the Sharif Medical and Dental College. In 2011, she took active part in the national politics, while assisting her father's image in the country.
Life and education
Maryam Nawaz belongs to the business cum political Sharif family of Pakistan. She is the granddaughter of Muhammad Sharif, a industrialist and philanthropist.
She is the older daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the niece of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and wife of retired army captain Muhammad Safdar.
She completed her early education from Lahore Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore. She attended the Lahore College for Women Lahore but left and later completed her undergraduate degree from Punjab University as a private candidate. Later on, she went proceed her master's studies and earned Master's degree in English Literature from the Punjab University. As of 2012, She is currently writing her doctoral thesis on "Post-9/11 radicalisation in Pakistan" and pursuing PhD in Political science while living in Lahore.
Maryam Nawaz has since 1997 been the chairperson of Sharif Trust, founded by her grandfather Muhammad Sharif, Sharif Medical City and Sharif Education Institutes. She takes a keen interest and is directly involved in the working of Sharif Trust and its allied institutions including Sharif College of Engineering & Technology, Sharif Education Complex, Sharif Model Schools for Boys & Girls, Sharif Institute of Technology and Islamic Center. Sharif Medical City was established in 1997, includes 300 bed tertiary care center, 12 operation theaters and a 24 Hours Emergency & Trauma Service. More than 700 successful kidney transplants, both adult and children have been performed so far.
She is now a leader of PML-N. In the April 2012 article in Newsweek Pakistan, Maryam Nawaz was described as the new face of the PML-N political party. Fluent in four languages, the Newsweek article portrays her as a progressive heir apparent of Pakistan's mainstream right-to-center PML-N party. She urged youth in her address on Quaid e Azam's day to play an important role in the economics and politics of Pakistan. She announced her intention to participate in politics in order to assist her father as political parties are more of family business in Pakistan. She may contest next general election (2013) from Raiwind on National Assembly Seat.[