Former president Mamnoon Hussain, aged 80, passes away in Karachi [Post#18]


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Mar 31, 2012

Ishaq Dar and Mamnoon Hussain are welcomed with garlands at the MQM headquarters in Karachi.

As far as alliances go, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Muttahida Qaumi Movement may seem like chalk and cheese but even the oddest partnerships have thrived in the world of politics.

On Friday, the two parties pledged to set aside their differences as the MQM announced its unconditional support for PML-N candidate Mamnoon Hussain in the upcoming presidential election.

Sources have said that in return, the PML-N has offered the Karachi-based party a place in the federal government, which has yet to be accepted or refused by the party.

A PML-N delegation headed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, which included Hussain and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, flew to Karachi to elicit MQM’s support.

The delegation, which also included local PML-N leaders, first met with Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Senator Babur Ghauri at the Governor House, after which they escorted them to MQM headquarters Nine Zero.

PML-N’s visits to Nine Zero are rare. Their leaders came in 1997 for a political alliance while in September 2010, Dar visited to express condolences on the murder of Dr Imran Farooq in London.

The two sides met for more than half an hour and MQM chief Altaf Hussain had a telephonic conversation with them.

“For the eradication of terrorism, we will offer unconditional support to the PML-N,” announced Altaf.
He said he considered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif as his brothers, adding that misunderstandings were created between them.

“Let’s have a new beginning and lead the country to prosperity and development,” he said. After the meeting, Dar held a brief press conference, thanking the MQM for supporting Mamnoon Hussain.

He pointed out that Prime Minister Nawaz had always underscored the need for working with all political parties.

“To revive the economy and resolve the energy crisis, poverty, load-shedding and other major issues, the prime minister believes that everyone should work together.”

On the other hand, Hussain said, “If I am elected as the president, I won’t represent one party only. I would be the president of every party, every person.”

He confessed that since he hailed from Karachi, he would always pay special attention to it.
MQM Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that though the party offered unconditional support, it also expected the president and the PML-N to offer good governance and curb religious extremism and terrorism in the country.

“Altaf Hussain has zero tolerance for corruption. We hope that the new government addresses issues of missing people in Balochistan along with other issues.”

Before proceeding to Nine Zero, the Dar-led PML-N delegation had a meeting with Governor Ishratul Ebad.

Sources said the two sides held discussions on the presidential election. Prime Minister Nawaz also called up Ebad to request that his party support the PML-N candidate.

Sources in the PML-N said that MQM would be accommodated in the federal government and get portfolios in the cabinet.

It is yet to be confirmed how many ministries and portfolios will be given to MQM, but the leadership of both parties have finally agreed on it, said a source adding that the investigation against Altaf in London has driven MQM to support the federal government.

However, it has been learnt that PML-N has not withdrawn its decision to install a new governor in Sindh.

“After the presidential election the federal government will appoint the governor and remove Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan. The party may appoint Ghous Ali Shah for this office,” said a senior PML N leader.

JUI-F still undecided

Maulana Fazlur Rehman-led Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl is still undecided on whether to throw its weight behind Mamnoon for the election.

Fazl’s spokesperson Jan Achakzai said the decision was to be taken by the party’s central executive committee.

“The committee for some reasons could not meet on Friday thus the decision was delayed,” said Achakzai. He said the committee would meet today to finalise if the party will support Hussain.
I take it that Shark and Looney will no longer be bad mouthing Nawaz Sharif... :)))
I bet all that money found at Altaf Hussain's residence and Farooq 's murder will be swept under the carpet again for some time in exchange of this . i am supporting Raza Rabbani . :zardari

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If i have to choose from the current parties , it would be PPP and mqm

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I can't believe this namoona could become the next president. Mqm have a history of siding with those in power
political move to ensure the details of the UK investigation are hushed up i suspect - they were are each other throats in the elections and now all lovey dovey!!!
Mamnoon Hussain elected 12th President of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Mamnoon Hussain, the candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), was elected on Tuesday as the 12th President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the next five-year term after securing a massive majority (unofficial) from the Electoral College comprising the Senate, National Assembly and provincial assemblies.

According to the break up of votes, Mamnoon Hussain clinched 277 votes from National Assembly; 64 from Sindh Assembly; 41 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and; 55 from Balochistan Assembly.

Results of Senate and Punjab Assembly are awaited.

In a recent statement the PTI Chairman, Imran Khan had admired the decision of Pakistan People’s Party and its allies to boycott today’s polls. However, he had announced that his party would go into the presidential election under protest. “We don’t want to leave the field open for PML-N,” said Imran.

The Constitutional tenure of the incumbent President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, is set to expire on September 8, 2013.

The polling for the presidential election was held simultaneously in the Parliament and provincial assemblies which were pronounced polling stations at the outset of their respective proceedings today.

It may be mentioned here that Mian Raza Rabbani, the presidential candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), had boycotted the polls following its rescheduling by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in compliance with the orders issued by the Supreme Court on PML-N’s petition.

PPP’s candidate Rabbani was of the view that the new schedule would not leave sufficient time for campaigning in the four provincial capitals and in Islamabad.

Mamnoon Hussain’s profile

Originally a businessman, Mamnoon Hussain started his politics as a Muslim Leaguer in 1969.

At the time, he was made joint secretary of the Karachi chapter of the League when former minister of state for foreign affairs Zain Noorani was its president.

He has done MBA from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi as well as Darse Nizami course. Mamnoon Hussain originally hails from Agra (India).

Mamnoon Hussain’s group has a lot of say in the politics of the Karachi chamber and Gymkhana where it has been contesting their elections, winning and losing. Once he was also president of the Karachi chamber. He has a good say in a set of Karachi-based businessmen.

Mamnoon Hussain has his textile business and office in Allahwali Market Karachi.

He was seen actively involved in the PML-N since 1993 when Nawaz Sharif was in the opposition.

Before Mamnoon Hussain was appointed governor of Sindh by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 to serve in this position for less than six months, he worked as advisor to the provincial chief minister (Liaquat Ali Jatoi) for an insignificant portfolio.

After the promulgation of military rule in October 1999, Mamnoon Hussain firmly stood with Nawaz Sharif when multitudes of PML-N leaders simply abandoned their party.

During all this period starting in 1993, Mamnoon Hussain has held different positions in the Sindh branch of the party. However, he would leave the PML-N post after his election as president. His son holds a senior executive post in the Citibank.

Chronological list of Pakistan's heads of state with tenures:

1. Iskander Mirza (23 March 1956 to 27 October 1958)
2. Ayub Khan (27 October 1958 to 25 March 1969) (two terms)
3. Yahya Khan (25 March 1969 to 20 December 1971)
4. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (20 December 1971 to 13 August 1973)
5. Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry (14 August 1973 to 16 September 1978)
6. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (16 September 1978 to 17 August 1988)
7. Ghulam Ishaq Khan (17 August 1988 to 18 July 1993)
8. Farooq Leghari (14 November 1993 to 2 December 1997)
9. Muhammad Rafiq Tarar (1 January 1998 to 20 June 2001)
10. Pervez Musharraf (20 June 2001 to 18 August 2008) (two terms)
11. Asif Ali Zardari (9 September 2008) (Incumbent)
One person has come along, looted and taken what they can, now its another person's turn. This guy does not have much administrative experience but the Presidency is a ceremonial role anyway. What's disappointing though is how easily he has been elected, with PPP boycotting its not been much of a contest.
Last 5 years we had president appointing dummy prime ministers and next 5 years prime minister will appoint dummy president/s.

Now that Zardari won't have immunity, would we see Swiss bank cases being re opened? Don't expect Nawaz to open can of worms as he is in the same boat as Zardari as far as foreign assets are concerned.
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Not entirely convinced by this move but hopefully unlike ppp N will go ahead with "Baldiyati" elections in Sindh.
^ Mqm ne apni qabar khodi hai . It looks like a short term deal , but their first priority must be to save :altaf . They picked this nobody so that Ganja brothers can call the shots . Aise hi nahi tou hamare yahan political parties sari ki sari one man show rakhti haiN . Whatever it is , I just hope Karachi can see some peaceful years ahead and extremists stay away from it .
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Former president of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has passed away at a private hospital in Karachi, his family confirmed on Tuesday night. He was 80 years old.

Arsalan Mamnoon, his son, told the media that his father had been hospitalised for the last two weeks to receive medical treatment for cancer.

Funeral prayer of the former president will be offered at Sultan Masjid in Karachi’s DHA Phase-V on Thursday (today) after Asr prayer, according to PML-N Sindh information secretary Khawaja Tariq Nazir.

Subsequently, the burial will be held at DHA Phase-VIII graveyard.

He served as the president of the country from 2013 to 2018.

Hussain, a prominent politician belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was first appointed as Sindh governor prior to 1999’s military coup d'état.

As a president of the country, he maintained a low-key profile and his role was rarely seen in the nation’s politics.

Read more: Mamnoon Hussain: A man of principles

Condolences poured in soon after the news broke out on social media.

President Dr Arif Alvi and Sindh Governor Imran Ismail expressed deep grief over the sad demise.

While offering heartfelt condolences on the sad demise, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said, “May Allah bless his soul & give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss, Ameen.”

Expressing his deep shock and grief, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif called the former president an epitome of grace, humility and nobility. “Pakistan has lost a great public servant and PML-N an elderly statesman. My heartfelt condolences go to his family,” he wrote on his official handle.

PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, while offering condolences to Hussain’s family, said he was a sincere man who served Pakistan with utmost sincerity.

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said the deceased was a very elegant man whose affiliation with Pakistan and the party was unshakable.

A brief profile

Born on December 23, 1940 in Agra, Hussain shifted to Karachi after partition with his father Azhar Hussain and other family members. Schooled in traditional religious education, the president completed his matriculation in 1958 and was awarded a B.Com Honors degree from the Government College of Commerce. Subsequently, he attended the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi, from where he graduated in 1965.

Hussain, who remained associated with the Muslim League from the beginning, was introduced to formal politics by his close friend and mentor Abdul Khaliq Allahwala, a former member of the National Assembly in the 1960s. Quickly making a mark in the League, Hussain rose to become joint secretary of the party in 1967.

In 1999, he was elected as the president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) and was soon selected by Nawaz Sharif to become governor of Sindh in June 1999. However, Hussain’s stint as governor ended abruptly after less than six months, when the Nawaz government was overthrown by the then military chief Pervez Mushrraf.

During his political career, Hussain held important portfolios in the party. He remained the provincial general secretary of PML-N and also served as party’s acting provincial president of Sindh chapter. He was PML-N’s central senior vice president and also served as an adviser to Sindh’s ex-chief minister, Liaquat Ali Jatoi.