Muhammad Mian Soomro

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Muhammad Mian Soomro
محمد میاں سومرو
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President of Pakistan
Acting
In office
18 August 2008 – 9 September 2008
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Pervez Musharraf
Succeeded by Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
16 November 2007 – 25 March 2008
President Pervez Musharraf
Preceded by Shaukat Aziz
Succeeded by Yousaf Raza Gillani
Chairman of the Senate
In office
9 September 2008 – 11 March 2009
Preceded by Jan Mohammad Jamali (Acting)
Succeeded by Farooq Naek
In office
25 March 2008 – 18 August 2008
Preceded by Jan Mohammad Jamali (Acting)
Succeeded by Jan Mohammad Jamali (Acting)
In office
23 March 2003 – 16 November 2007
Preceded by Wasim Sajjad
Succeeded by Jan Mohammad Jamali (Acting)
Governor of Sindh
In office
25 May 2000 – 26 December 2002
Preceded by Azim Daudpota
Succeeded by Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan
Personal details
Born (1950-08-19) 19 August 1950 (age 64)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (Before 1985)
Pakistan Muslim League-
Functional
(1985–1988)
Pakistan Muslim League-
Nawaz
(1988–2002)
Pakistan Muslim League-
Quaid
(2002–present)
Alma mater Forman Christian College

Muhammad Mian Soomro (Sindhi: محمد میاں سومرو; born August 19, 1950) is a Pakistani politician who served the Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan from 2003 to 2009. Soomro comes from a renowned political family of Sindh province that has been active in public life since 1923. His father, the late Ahmad Mian Soomro, was a seasoned parliamentarian who was Deputy Speaker of the West Pakistan Assembly and a member of the Senate and helped establish the Senate Committee Systems. He is grandson of Khan Bahadur Haji Moula Bux Soomro, a great political figure. He was the 16th Prime Minister of Pakistan from November 16, 2007 to March 25, 2008 and became the Acting President of Pakistan upon the resignation of Pervez Musharraf on August 18, 2008.

Professional life[edit]

Banker[edit]

An internationally recognized professional banker, Soomro held various top positions both at home and abroad in national and international organizations.[1]

He has also worked in important positions for major banks:

Soomro earned great recognition for his achievements during his time with these organizations. He was also instrumental in the establishment of microcredit banking in Pakistan.

He also held a position at the board of directors of Shell Pakistan Ltd.

Governorship[edit]

Soomro's public service role started with his appointment as the Governor of Sindh on 25 May 2000.

Chairman of the Senate[edit]

Soomro resigned from the office of Sindh Governor on 26 December 2002 to contest the Senate elections. He was elected as a Senator on 23 February 2003 and was subsequently elected as Chairman of the Senate on 12 March 2003.

Caretaker Prime Minister[edit]

Soomro was appointed as caretaker prime minister on 15 November 2007, at the expiration of the term of the previous prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, ahead of a new parliamentary election.[2] On 16 November, Soomro was sworn in as prime minister by President Pervez Musharraf.[3] His term ended on 25 March 2008, when Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani was sworn in as prime minister.

President of Pakistan[edit]

As required by the constitution, Soomro (in his position as Chairman of the Senate) automatically became President on 18 August 2008, upon the resignation of Musharraf.[4] The constitution also required that a new President be elected by Parliament within 30 days.

Asif Ali Zardari was elected President and subsequently sworn in on 9 September 2008,[5] succeeding Soomro.

Trustee of ILM Trust and Member of UMT Board of Governors[edit]

Soomro is a trustee of ILM Trust and member of UMT Board of Governors.[6] UMT is a private-sector university located in Lahore, Pakistan.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DAWN.com "Soomro heads interim govt: Inamul Haq, Ishrat Hussain, Salman Taseer, Nisar Memon, Pir of Taunsa Sharif among ministers"
  2. ^ Khalid Qayum and Khaleeq Ahmed, "Musharraf Picks Soomro as Interim Premier Until Polls", Bloomberg.com, November 15, 2007.
  3. ^ "Soomro takes oath as Pakistan's caretaker PM", Xinhua (chinadaily.com.cn), November 16, 2007.
  4. ^ "Soomro takes over as Pak President", Press Trust of India, August 18, 2008.
  5. ^ Jane Perlez, "Bhutto's widower takes office in Pakistan", International Herald Tribune, 9 September 2008.
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/umtofficial
Political offices
Preceded by
Azim Daudpota
Governor of Sindh
2000–2002
Succeeded by
Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan
Preceded by
Wasim Sajjad
Chairmen of the Senate
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Jan Mohammad Jamali
Acting
Preceded by
Shaukat Aziz
Prime Minister of Pakistan
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by
Jan Mohammad Jamali
Acting
Chairman of the Senate
2008
Succeeded by
Jan Mohammad Jamali
Acting
Preceded by
Pervez Musharraf
President of Pakistan
Acting

2008
Succeeded by
Asif Ali Zardari
Preceded by
Jan Mohammad Jamali
Acting
Chairmen of the Senate
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Farooq Naek