Acting President of Pakistan

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The Acting President of Pakistan (Urdu: نگران صدر‎) is a temporary post provided for by the Constitution of Pakistan. In the case where a president's term of office is terminated early or during the absence of the president, the Chairman of the Senate assumes the office, as per the line of succession to the President of Pakistan.[1][2] The Speaker of the National Assembly is second in the line of succession.

Two acting presidents have been in office for short periods of time: Wasim Sajjad and Muhammad Mian Soomro. Sajjad served as acting president on two non-consecutive occasions in 1993 and 1997–98 respectively.[3]


Symbol Meaning
PML (N) double-dagger Pakistan Muslim League (N)
PML (Q) $ Pakistan Muslim League (Q)

Acting presidents[edit]

No. Portrait Name
Took office Left office Political party
Note(s) Ref(s)
1 Wasim Sajjad
(1941– )
18 July 1993 14 November 1993 Pakistan Muslim League (N) PML (N) dagger Chairman of the Senate, remained acting president for two times. [3]
2 December 1997 1 January 1998
2 A portrait of Muhammad Mian Soomro Muhammad Mian Soomro
(1950– )
18 August 2008 9 September 2008 Pakistan Muslim League (Q) PML (Q) double-dagger Chairman of the Senate, served as acting President. [4]


  1. ^ "Constitution of Pakistan of 1956" (pdf). National Assembly of Pakistan. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Constitution of 1973". Story of Pakistan. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Profile of Mr. Wasim Sajjad". Story of Pakistan. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Soomro takes over as Pak President". Press Trust of India. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2013.