Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, also known as Nawaz Sharif (born December 25, 1949 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan) is a Pakistani politician and businessman. He was twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms, the first from November 1, 1990 to July 18, 1993 and the second from February 17, 1997 to October 12, 1999. His party is the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (Nawaz group). He is best known internationally for ordering Pakistan's 1998 nuclear tests in response to India’s nuclear tests,and the abrupt end of his final term in a dramatic coup by General Pervez Musharraf. Nawaz Sharif is currently an opposition leader and a strong supporter of the free judiciary movement in Pakistan. On Sunday, March 15, 2009, he defied house arrest to lead anti-government protests that briefly turned violent. Sharif called the mass rally a “prelude to a
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