Hussain is married to Syed Fakhar Imam also prominent Pakistani politician, who was the Speaker of the National Assembly in 1985-86., she is also the daughter of Syed Abid Hussain, the youngest elected member of the 1946 All-India Constituent Assembly and a descendant of Pir Shah Jewana, a saint of the Hussaini Qalandari order. She is also the granddaughter of the industrialist, Sir Syed Maratib Ali. Her daughter Syeda Sughra Imam is also politician and remained Member of Provincial Assembly of Punjab.
Hussain is a member of Pakistan Peoples Party since 2006. having rejoined after leaving in the 1970s. In the meantime, she served under PPP rivals, Zia-ul Haq and Nawaz Sharif. She also ran unsuccessfully in the 2002 parliamentary elections on Pervez Musharraf's ticket.
- "Abida Hussain to be appointed new UN envoy". Daily Times. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- "Abida and Fakhar all set to join PPP conditionally". Daily Times. 2006-11-27. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- Aryn Baker (2008-03-08). "On the Campaign Trail ... in Pakistan". Time. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
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