Moinuddin Haider

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Lt.Gen.
Moinuddin Haider
Interior Minister of Pakistan
In office
6 November 1999 – 23 November 2002
President General Pervez Musharraf
Governor of Sindh
In office
17 March 1997 – 17 June 1999
President Rafiq Tarar
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Kamaluddin Azfar
Succeeded by Mamnoon Hussain
Personal details
Born (1942-06-05) 5 June 1942 (age 72)
Hyderabad Deccan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League-N (till 1999)
Alma mater Royal College of Defence Studies
Profession Security expert
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1962–1997
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit F.F. Regiment
Commands 33rd Infantry Division, Quetta
Deputy Chief of General Staff (DCGS)
Adjutant General (AG)
IV Corps
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military)

Moinuddin Haider, HI(M) (born 5 June 1942) is a retired lieutenant general of the Pakistan Army, who after retirement served as the Governor of Sindh and then as the Interior Minister of Pakistan.

Army career[edit]

Haider was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 1962 first in the 26th PMA Long Course in the Frontier Force Regiment. He did his Masters in Defence Studies from Royal College of Defence Studies, Seaford House, UK, and has the distinction of being the first Pakistani to get his thesis published in Seaford House Papers.

He saw action in the 1965 and the 1971 Indo-Pak wars. He served as instructor at PMA from 1967 to 1970. He commanded a reconnaissance and support battalion twice in 1975–77 and in 1981–82. Later he was head of Pakistan Mutual Cooperation Group in Somalia from 1978 to 1981. Subsequently, he served as GSO-I operations and colonel staff in an infantry division.

Senior command and staff appointments[edit]

Promoted to brigadier in 1983, he left for the UK to attend Royal College of Defence Studies course in 1984 and was the first Pakistani officer whose thesis was published in Seaford House papers. He was appointed director military training at GHQ in 1986 and was closely associated with planning of Zarb-e-Momin.

As a two-star, Haider commanded the 33rd Infantry Division at Quetta from 1989 to 1991. He then stayed as the Deputy Chief of General Staff (DCGS) at the GHQ from 1991 to 1993. After becoming a three-star general, he first served as the Adjutant General (AG) from 1993 to 1996, and then as the Corps Commander Lahore from 1996 to 1997.

Government service[edit]

After retirement in March 1997, he was installed as the Governor of Sindh province by the Nawaz Sharif government. He continued to serve as the governor till June 1999 when he was replaced by Mamnoon Hussain. At the onset of military coup in October 1999, General Pervez Musharraf, a junior to Haider as he belonged to 29th PMA Long Course, put Haider as the Interior Minister of Pakistan. He continued to lead the powerful ministry till the 2002 October elections, when Faisal Saleh Hayat replaced him. During his time as Interior Minister he was very involved in hunting down and bringing to justice the killers of American Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Moinuddin Haider is the graduate of PAF Public School Lower Topa and is the current patron in chief of the Lower Topa Old Boys Association (LOBA).[1] He is married and has three children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old Topians reunite" Daily Times, 28 July 20

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kamaluddin Azfar
Governor of Sindh
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Mamnoon Hussain
Preceded by
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Interior Minister of Pakistan
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Faisal Saleh Hayat