MPA Shamim Akhtar is not Nawaz Sharif’s mother.

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By Areeba Fatima | 2nd March 2021 | 7:08 AM


Claim: Nawaz Sharif’s mother Shamim Akhtar was an MPA in Punjab Assembly till 2018, when she was 91 years old.

Fact: MPA Shamim Akhtar is a 67 year old woman, e and her husband’s name is Muhammad Kabir Ahmed.

On 22 Feb 2021 Twitter account Major Muhammad Arif (Retd) posted a tweet saying: “[Translation] Maryam Nawaz’s grandmother, Nawaz sharif and Shahbaz Sharif’s mother Shamim Akhtar was an MPA during PMLN’s government from 2013 to 2018. She also received the requisite salary and the associated benefits. During this time she was 91 years old and did not attend even a single meeting.” 

The tweet implies that Nawaz Sharif’s mother, Shamim Akhtar was the Member of the Punjab Assembly from 2013 and 2018.

Basic Fact Check found this to be false. Although there was an MPA in the Punjab Assembly in the time period 2013 to 2018 named Shamim Akhtar, she is not Nawaz Sharif’s mother.

On the official website of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab, a members’ directory is available with names, contact information and political party affiliation of past members from 2002 till date. In the 2013-2018 tenure, a member with the name Shamim Akhtar Is listed and she was elected on one of the reserved seats for women. She is affiliated with PMLN and her husband’s name is Muhammad Kabir Ahmed. 

It is also mentioned that she only has one child, and was born in 1954 which makes her 59 years old in 2013. Nawaz Sharif’s mother Shamim Akhtar was 86 years old in that time.

A screenshot of https://www.pap.gov.pk/members/profile/en/20/1177 displaying personal details of MPA Shamim Akhtar who was falsely reported as Nawaz Sharif’s mother.

Below is a photograph of Nawaz Sharif’s mother which was published on 24News on the event of her death in November 2020. Juxtaposed with the image is a photograph of MPA Shamim Akhtar available on the Punjab Assembly’s website.

MPA Shamim Akhtar’s husband Muhammad Kabir Ahmed was reported to be found dead in their house in Lahore in November 2014. Their neighbor was nominated in the FIR and the body was deposited at Mayo Hospital for a postmortem.

From the given information it is clear that Nawaz Sharif’s mother Begum Shamim Akhtar is not the woman who was elected in 2013 on a seat reserved for women in the Punjab Assembly.

Verdict: FALSE

Summary

Nawas Sharif’s mother died on November 22, 2020. Following her death, a twitter user claimed that she had served as a Member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab in the past. Basic Fact Check confirmed that MPA Shamim Akhtar who who was a member of the Punjab Assembly in the time period 2013-2018 was not Nawaz Sharif’s mother.

About Post Author

Areeba Fatima

I started work as a fact checker for IFCN signatory Soch Fact Check in July 2020 and then joined Basic Fact Check in February 2021. Apart from the relevant journalistic experience in the field my interests are in coordinated disinformation campaigns and monitoring social media movements which spread misinformation and cause public harm such as the anti-vaxxers movement in the wake of the pandemic.
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Nawas Sharif’s mother died on November 22, 2020. Following her death, a twitter user claimed that she had served as a Member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab in the past. Basic Fact Check confirmed that MPA Shamim Akhtar who who was a member of the Punjab Assembly in the time period 2013-2018 was not Nawaz Sharif’s mother.