Abida Hussain

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Syeda Abida Hussain (Urdu: سيدہ عابدہ حسین‎) is a Pakistani politician, a former diplomat and an agriculturist who served as the Pakistan Ambassador to the United States from 1991 to 1993 and as Federal Minister between 1996 till 1999.[1] She is a former National Assembly member from Jhang, Punjab.[2]

Hussain is married to Syed Fakhar Imam also prominent Pakistani politician, who was the Speaker of the National Assembly in 1985-86.,[3] she is also the daughter of Syed Abid Hussain, the youngest elected member of the 1946 All-India Constituent Assembly and a descendant of Pir Shah Jeewana, a saint of the Hussaini-Qalandari Order. She is also the granddaughter of the industrialist, Sir Syed Maratib Ali.[citation needed] Her daughter Syeda Sughra Imam is also politician and remained Minister of Provincial Assembly of Punjab and Senator.

Hussain is a member of Pakistan Peoples Party since 2006.[3] having rejoined after leaving in the 1970s. She was a Minister in Nawaz Sharif's Cabinet. She also ran unsuccessfully in the 2002 parliamentary elections


  1. ^ Pakistan’s political history in the words of Abida Hussain
  2. ^ "Abida Hussain to be appointed new UN envoy". Daily Times. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Abida and Fakhar all set to join PPP conditionally". Daily Times. 2006-11-27. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Najmuddin Shaikh
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
November 1991 - March 1993
Succeeded by
Maliha Lodhi