Asim Hussain

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Asim Hussain
عاصم حسین
Dr. Asim Hussain.jpg
Hussain addressing a public gathering in 2012
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
2009 -2015
Personal details
Born (1953-11-28) 28 November 1953 (age 69)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan People's Party
RelativesZiauddin Ahmad (grandfather)
EducationCadet College Petaro
Alma materDow Medical College
Known forChairman of Dr. Ziauddin Group of Hospitals
AwardsSitara-i-Imtiaz (2005)
Nishan-i-Imtiaz (2013)
Military service
Years of service1990–1995

Asim Hussain, SI, NI (born 28 November 1953) is a Pakistani-Canadian, active in the fields of health, education, and Pakistani politics. He is chairman of Ziauddin Group of Hospitals in Karachi, and former Advisor of Prime Minister for Ministry of Oil and Natural Resources, Pakistan.[1][2] He was a member of the Senate of Pakistan as part of Pakistan Peoples Party from 2009 to 2015.[3]

In recognition of his services to the nation in the fields of education and health care he was conferred with the Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 2005[4][5] and 2013,[6][7] respectively.

Early life[edit]

Hussain was born in Karachi on 28 November 1953. After receiving early education at Karachi Grammar School, Cadet College Petaro, Dow Medical College, he went to Europe for further studies.[8]


Hussain served as the Chairman of National Reconstruction Bureau with the status of Federal Minister from May 2008 until November 2009.[8][9] He was the Advisor to the Prime Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources/Federal Minister from November 2008 until August 2009.[10] He was the Honorary Personal Physician to the President of Pakistan from 12 December 2009. He was the Advisor/Federal Minister Petroleum & Natural Resource from May 2011 until May 2013.[11][12]

On 27 August 2015, Hussain was detained by the authorities in an ongoing operation within the city of Karachi launched by the Pakistani Army.[13]

He was appointed as the Chairman of Sindh Higher Education in 2014. In 2018, he was re-appointed for a second term,[14] which ended in 2022.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Hussain ran a travel agency and invested in some property, but did not have the needed Canadian credentials to work as a doctor.[16] He is the grandson of Sir Ziauddin Ahmad.[8]


  1. ^ "Dr.Asim Hussain | Advisor of Prime Minister for Ministry of Oil and Natural Resources. @ Pakistan Herald". 2012-04-18. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  2. ^ "Zardari takes notice of health ministry dispute".
  3. ^ "Senate of Pakistan". Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  4. ^ "KARACHI: 22 get Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance". DAWN.COM. 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  5. ^ "130 nationals, foreigners to get civil awards". DAWN.COM. 2004-08-14. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  6. ^ "President decorates civil, military personnel for awards on Pakistan Day | Business Recorder". 2014-09-11. Archived from the original on 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  7. ^ "President grants different awards to citizens, foreigners -". 2013-03-25. Archived from the original on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  8. ^ a b c "Chancellor Ziauddin University | Message of Excellence". Ziauddin University. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  9. ^ "Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal condoles death of Dr Asim Hussian's mother". 24 News HD. 2021-05-27. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  10. ^ "The Curious Case of Dr Asim". Newsline. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  11. ^ "TAG ARCHIVES: DR ASIM HUSSAIN". Pakistan Today.
  12. ^ Siddiqui, Kazi Zulkader. "Asim Hussain, 695/Ayub". Petaro.
  13. ^ Ali, Imtiaz (2015-08-26). "Dr Asim Hussain reportedly detained by security personnel in Karachi". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  14. ^ "Dr Asim Hussain declines to work as SHEC chairman for third term". Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  15. ^ "Dr Tariq Rafi appointed Sindh HEC interim chairman". Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  16. ^ "Canadian doctor Asim Hussain detained in Pakistan for 'political reasons,' supporters say - World - CBC News". 2016-08-15. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 2022-04-09.

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