Here is a look at the life of Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Personal: Birth Date: December 25, 1949
Birth Place: Lahore, Pakistan
Marriage: Kulsoom Sharif
Education: Government College Lahore; Punjab University Law College, Law degree, Lahore, Pakistan
Timeline: 1977 - Opens Ittefaq Industries, a family business involved in the steel, sugar, and textile industries.
1981 - Is appointed Pakistan's finance minister.
1985 - Becomes chief minister of Punjab province.
October 1990 - Is elected as Pakistan's prime minister.
November 6, 1990 - Is sworn in as prime minister.
April 18, 1993 - Sharif's government is dismissed by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan after charges of corruption and mismanagement are raised. Sharif's family-owned business grew tremendously during his tenure in office, causing suspicion of corruption.
May 26, 1993 - Pakistan's Supreme Court orders the reinstatement of Sharif, calling his dismissal unconstitutional and the charges false. Sharif and Khan both later resign.
February 3, 1997 - Is re-elected as prime minister.
February 17, 1997 - Is sworn in as prime minister.
October 12, 1999 - Army General Pervez Musharraf overthrows Sharif in a bloodless coup.
January 2000 - Sharif goes on trial for charges of hijacking/terrorism and conspiracy to commit murder.
April 6, 2000 - Is convicted of plane hijacking/terrorism and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was charged with hijacking because he attempted to prevent a plane Musharraf was flying in from landing at any airport in Pakistan, when the plane was extremely low on fuel. Sharif knew of Musharraf's coup intentions.
July 22, 2000 - Is convicted of corruption and sentenced to an additional 14 years imprisonment while already serving a life sentence. His failure to declare assets and pay taxes led to the conviction.
December 2000 - Is released from prison by a deal brokered by the Saudi royal family and he and his family head to Saudi Arabia for ten years in exile.