Mamnoon Hussain (The President of Pakistan)

Mamnoon Hussain born 23 December 1940. He is a Pakistani textile businessman and politician who is the current President of Pakistan, having been elected in 2013.

Hussain briefly served as Governor of Sindh in 1999; his stint as Governor was cut short by the October 1999 military coup d’état. He was elected as President of Pakistan on 30 July 2013, and holds office since 8 September 2013, succeeding Asif Ali Zardari, who did not seek re-election. Mamnoon Hussain, a Nawaz Sharif loyalist, won the presidential election with 432 votes, while his rival candidate Wajihuddin Ahmed received 77 votes.

Personal life

Mamnoon Hussain hails from an Urdu-speaking family of shoe traders and was born in Agra, British India. He and his family migrated to Karachi in 1949 after the Partition of India in 1947. He earned his degree from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi in the 1960s. Hussain was once president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He briefly served as Governor of Sindh in 1999.

Political career

Azhar Haroon, current president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is quoted to have said: “He had no political affiliation until 1999 but his polite discourse and professional ability impressed Nawaz Sharif, who made him governor of Sindh” He is a relatively less known figure, a Nawaz Sharif loyalist, and was elected as 12th 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 took oath on 9 September 2013 in a prestigious ceremony held at Aiwan-i-Sadar, attended by main stream Political and Military leadership along with Foreign dignitaries, Media personals and his close relatives.