Mamnoon Hussain

Mamnoon Hussain
ممنون حسین

Mamnoon Hussain, 2014
12th President of Pakistan
Assumed office
9 September 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Asif Ali Zardari
Governor of Sindh
In office
19 June 1999  12 October 1999
President Rafiq Tarar
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Moinuddin Haider
Succeeded by AM Azim Daudpota
Personal details
Born Mamnoon Hussain
(1940-12-23) 23 December 1940
Agra, United Provinces, British Raj
(now in Uttar Pradesh, India)
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Residence Aiwan-e-Sadr
Alma mater Karachi University
Institute of Business Administration
Religion Islam
Website Government website

Mamnoon Hussain (Urdu: ممنون حسین ; born 23 December 1940) is a Pakistani businessman and conservative politician who is the 12th and current President of Pakistan,. [1][2][3]

Born in Agra, British India in 1940, his family migrated to settled in Karachi in 1947 where he went to attained the commerce degree from the Karachi University and later received an MBA from the famed IBA. Hussain founded a textile company based out of Karachi and later joined the center-right Pakistan Muslim League in 1970, working as a party worker.[4] In 1997, he earned public notability as a business leader when he was elected as president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and served until May 1999.

He was appointed as Governor of Sindh in June 1999 by then-President Rafiq Tarar; however, he was removed from the post a few months later due to the military coup d'état in 1999.[5] Hussain was nominated for the presidency by the PML-N in July 2013 and was elected through an indirect presidential election.[6][7] Hussain took over the presidency after an oath administered by the Chief Justice of Pakistan on 9 September 2013.[7][8] Hussain maintains a low-key profile as President and his role is rarely seen in nation's politics, although he is involved in a polio eradication program.[9]

Personal life

Mamnoon Hussain hails from a Mujahir family[10] of shoe traders[11] and was born in Agra, UP during the British rule.[12] He and his family migrated to Karachi in 1949 after the independence of Pakistan in 1947.[13]

After graduating from a local high school, Hussain enrolled in the Karachi University where he studied for the Commerce degree. After graduating from the Karachi University in 1963,[14] he entered in the master's program at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi, and gained MBA in 1965.[15][16] Initially supporting and strengthening his father's business, he shifted to his own business in textile.[15] Hussain was once president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.[17]

Political career

Hussain began take his interest in national politics in 1968 when he joined the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) led by Nurul Amin. Initially an activist with a missionary and reformative zeal in 1968, Hussain began joint secretary of the Pakistan Muslim League's Karachi chapter.[16] In 1993, he officially joined the PML(N) led by Nawaz Sharif and was appointed the Finance Secretary of the PML(N) in Sindh.[16]

In June 1999, he became the Governor of Sindh, but his term was cut short on 12 October 1999 when the PML(N) government was ousted in a military coup.[16] His credentials as a politician devoted to the cause of democracy were established when he became a political prisoner after raising his voice against military regime of Pervez Musharraf.[16]

Azhar Haroon, current president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "He had no political affiliation until 1999 but his polite discourse and professional ability impressed Nawaz Sharif, who appointed him as the Governor of Sindh".[18] He is a relatively lesser known figure,[13][19] described as loyal to Nawaz Sharif,[20] and was elected as President of Pakistan as the official nominee of the PML-N in the July 2013 presidential election. Hussain secured 432 votes and his only rival Wajihuddin Ahmed received 77.[21] He was sworn in on 9 September 2013 in a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, attended by mainstream political and military leadership alongside foreign dignitaries, media personnel and his close relatives.[22]

See also


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  2. Toor, Liaquat (9 December 2013). "Nation united against vices". Special report by Liaquat Toor. Pakistan Observer, 2013. Pakistan Observer. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  3. Presidential elections: PML-N picks Mamnoon Hussain for top job. The Express Tribune (Pakistan)
  4. "Mamnoon Hussain: Indian-born president-elect of Pakistan - The Express Tribune". 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  5. "Profile: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain". BBC News. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  6. Staff report (9 September 2013). "Profile:Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain". BBC Pakistan Bureau, 2013. BBC Pakistan Bureau. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. 1 2 The Newspaper's Staff Reporter (9 September 2013). "Mamnoon Hussain takes oath today". Islamabad: Dawn News, 2013. Dawn Newspapers. p. 1. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  8. Staff report (9 September 2013). "Mamnoon Hussain takes oath as country's 12th president". Islamabad: Pakistan Today. Pakistan Today. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  9. Rashid, Haroon (2014-03-03). "Mamnoon Hussain: Pakistan's 'invisible' president". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  10. "Mamnoon Hussain most likely to replace Zardari". The News. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  11. Shah, Benazir (31 July 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Q&A WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT MAMNOON HUSSAIN". Newsweek.
  12. "Indian-Born Mamnoon Hussain Elected President of Pakistan, After Opposition PPP Boycotts Poll". IB Times. 30 July 1948. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  13. 1 2 "Explainer: All You Need To Know About Pakistan's (Indirect) Presidential Election". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 10 November 2014.
  14. Zhao, Chen Lee (2 March 2014). "Profile: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain". Xinhua, Pakistan bureau, 2014. Xinhua, Pakistan bureau. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  15. 1 2 Shao, Ming (17 February 2014). "President Mamnoon Hussain". Shanghai Dail, Pakistan Bureau. Shanghai Dail, Pakistan Bureau. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  16. 1 2 3 4 5 Govt. Pakistan. "President's Profile". Presidency, Govt of Pakistan. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  17. Ghumman, Khawar (23 July 2013 ) Mamnoon strongest PML-N candidate. Dawn.
  18. "India-born Mamnoon Hussain elected Pakistani president".
  19. Nemtsova, Anna (30 July 2013). "Mamnoon Hussain: The New Man in Pakistan".
  20. Mamnoon Hussain elected President of Pakistan. Gulf News.
  21. "Mamnoon Hussain elected 12th President of Pakistan". 30 July 2013.
  22. Mamnoon takes oath as 12th president today. 9 September 2013
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Preceded by
Moinuddin Haider
Governor of Sindh
Succeeded by
Azim Daudpota
Preceded by
Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
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