First Sharif ministry

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First Sharif ministry
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cabinet of Pakistan
Date formed 9 November 1990
Date dissolved 18 April 1993
People and organisations
Head of state Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Head of government Nawaz Sharif
Total no. of ministers 18
Member party Islami Jamhoori Ittehad
Status in legislature Simple majority
Opposition party Pakistan Peoples Party
Election(s) 1990 general election
Outgoing election 1993 general election
Incoming formation Jatoi caretaker
Outgoing formation Mazari caretaker
Predecessor First Bhutto
Successor Second Bhutto

The first Sharif ministry under prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sworn into office on 9 November 1990,[1] after the nine-party Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) unanimously nominated him the government head.[2]


Sharif's 18-member cabinet was one of the smallest in the country's history, especially compared to the record 58-member cabinet of his ousted predecessor Benazir Bhutto. Sharif insisted on bringing nearly a dozen politicians with links to Gen Zia-ul-Haq.[1]

Amongst the 18 members initially selected for the cabinet, nine were from Punjab, two from the Islamabad Capital Territory, six from Sindh and one from Balochistan. The cabinet was later expanded to include representation from the North-West Frontier Province[3] Although being a member of the IJI alliance, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) members declined to participate in Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet.[4]

Ministry[1][5] Minister
Prime Minister, Ministry of Defence Nawaz Sharif
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sahabzada Yaqub Khan
Ministry of Finance Shazia Mahfooz
Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Interior Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Minister of State for Defence Syed Ghous Ali Shah
Ministry of Law Syed Fakhar Imam



  1. ^ a b c Times Wire Services (11 November 1990). "New Pakistan Cabinet Shows Links to Zia". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ Reuters (2 November 1990). "9-Party Coalition Picks Ex-Punjab Leader to Be Pakistan's Next Premier". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  3. ^ Blood 1995, p. 231
  4. ^ "Interview with Qazi Hussain", Takbir, p. 26, 31 January 1991 in Nasr 1995 – "Qazi Hussain [had asserted] that no concrete offers were forthcoming from the new government either."
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Pakistan: Ministries, etc". List of rulers by country. Rulers. Retrieved 14 July 2014.


  • Blood, Peter R, ed. (1995). Pakistan: a Country Study. Federal Research Division (6 ed.). Washington, DC: Library of Congress. ISBN 0844408344. ISSN 1057-5294.
  • Nasr, Seyed Vali Reza (1994). The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: the Jama‘at-i Islami of Pakistan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
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