Arif Nakai (politician)

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Arif Nakai
Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
13 September 1995 – 3 November 1996
Governor Raja Saroop Khan
Preceded by Manzoor Wattoo
Succeeded by Manzoor Wattoo
Personal details
Born 1930
Died 29 February 2000 (aged 70)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Sardar Muhammad Arif Nakai ( سردار محمد عارف) was a Punjabi politician from Pakistan and a former Chief Minister of Punjab.


He was born to a noble Jatt family of the Nakai Misl, one of the twelve Misls of Sikh Confederacy. His great-grandfather Sardar Ishar Singh Nakai was born a Sikh and converted to Islam in 1879.[1]

He was elected a Member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab for four consecutive terms during 1985-88, 1988–90, 1990–93 and 1993–96; and also functioned as Minister for Revenue, Minister for Forests, Minister for Livestock & Dairy Development Department, Minister for Industries and Mineral Development and as Chief Minister of Punjab during 1995-96. He was father of three sons and a daughter. All three sons, Sardar Pervaiz Hasan Nakai, Sardar Muhammad Asif Nakai and Sardar Atif Nakai became politicians.

He died in Lahore on 29 February 2000, and is buried in his home village of Wan Adhen.[2]


  1. ^ Iqbāl Qaiṣar, پاكستان وچ سكھاں دياں تواريخى پوتر تھاواں, Punjabi History Board, 2001, p.206
  2. ^ Impact International, Volume 30, News & Media, 2000 - World politics, p.50
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