Mamnoon Hussain, 2014
|12th President of Pakistan|
9 September 2013
|Prime Minister||Nawaz Sharif|
|Preceded by||Asif Ali Zardari|
|Governor of Sindh|
19 June 1999 – 12 October 1999
|Prime Minister||Nawaz Sharif|
|Preceded by||Moinuddin Haider|
|Succeeded by||AM Azim Daudpota|
23 December 1940
Agra, United Provinces, British Raj
(now in Uttar Pradesh, India)
|Political party||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
Institute of Business Administration
Born in Agra, British India in 1940, his family migrated to settle in Karachi in 1947 where he went on to attain a commerce degree from the Karachi University and later received an MBA from IBA. Hussain founded a textile company based out of Karachi and later joined the center-right Pakistan Muslim League in 1970, working as a party worker. In 1997, he earned public notability as a business leader when he was elected as president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, serving until May 1999.
He was appointed as Governor of Sindh in June 1999 by President Rafiq Tarar; however, he was removed from the post a few months later due to the 1999 military coup d'état. Hussain was nominated for the presidency by the PML-N in July 2013 and was elected through an indirect presidential election. Hussain took over the presidency after an oath administered by the Chief Justice of Pakistan on 9 September 2013. Hussain maintains a low-key profile as President and his role is rarely seen in nation's politics, although he is involved in a polio eradication program.
Mamnoon Hussain hails from a Muhajir family of shoe traders and was born in Agra, UP during the British rule. He and his family migrated to Karachi in 1949 after the independence of Pakistan in 1947.
After being home schooled, Hussain enrolled in the Karachi University where he studied for the Commerce degree. After graduating from the Karachi University in 1963, he entered in the master's program at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi, and gained MBA in 1965. Initially supporting and strengthening his father's business, he shifted to his own business in textile. Hussain was once president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Hussain began take his interest in national politics in 1968 when he joined the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) led by Nurul Amin. Initially an activist with a missionary and reformative zeal in 1968, Hussain began joint secretary of the Pakistan Muslim League's Karachi chapter. In 1993, he officially joined the PML(N) led by Nawaz Sharif and was appointed the Finance Secretary of the PML(N) in Sindh.
In June 1999, he became the Governor of Sindh, but his term was cut short on 12 October 1999 when the PML(N) government was ousted in a military coup. His credentials as a politician devoted to the cause of democracy were established when he became a political prisoner after raising his voice against military regime of Pervez Musharraf.
Azhar Haroon, current president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "He had no political affiliation until 1999 but his polite discourse and professional ability impressed Nawaz Sharif, who appointed him as the Governor of Sindh". He is a relatively lesser known figure, described as loyal to Nawaz Sharif, and was elected as President of Pakistan as the official nominee of the PML-N in the July 2013 presidential election. Hussain secured 432 votes and his only rival Wajihuddin Ahmed received 77. He was sworn in on 9 September 2013 in a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, attended by mainstream political and military leadership alongside foreign dignitaries, media personnel and his close relatives.
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