Former president Mamnoon Hussain laid to rest in Karachi

Pakistan candidate for the upcoming presidential election of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN), Mamnoon Hussain arrives to submits his nomination paper at the High Court in Islamabad on July 24, 2013. Pakistan's Supreme Court on July 24 revised the date for the presidential election, asking the election commission to hold it on July 30 instead of August 6. The court made the order as many of the lawmakers who will elect a replacement for President Asif Ali Zardari will be paying pilgrimages or offering special prayers on August 6 for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ends a few days later. AFP PHOTO /AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

KARACHI: Former president Mamnoon Hussain was laid to rest on Thursday at a graveyard in the city’s Defence Housing Authority Phase 8 neighbourhood, in the presence of several prominent religious and political leaders. The former president breathed his last at a private hospital in Karachi a day earlier. His son Arsalan Mamnoon said his father had been battling cancer. The funeral prayers of the former president were offered at Masjid-e-Sultan, led by Mufti Taqi Usmani. Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, PML-N General Secretary Ahsan Iqbal, former Sindh governor Mohammad Zubair, and PPP’s Waqar Mehdi were present, among other political figures. The former president died at the age of 80 and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for the last two weeks, his son said. Hussain was the 12th president of Pakistan, who served from 2013 to 2018 when PML-N was in power. He was one of the most senior PML-N leaders. Originally a businessman, Mamnoon Hussain was born on December 23, 1940, in the Indian city of Agra. He started his political career as a member of the Muslim League in 1969. At the time, he was made the joint secretary of the Karachi chapter of the League, when former minister of state for foreign affairs Zain Noorani was its president. Hussain had earned an MBA degree from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi. He was actively involved in the PML-N since 1993 when Nawaz Sharif was in the Opposition.
Before Hussain was appointed as the governor of Sindh by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 — a position he served for less than six months — he worked as an advisor to the provincial chief minister (Liaquat Ali Jatoi) for an insignificant portfolio. After the promulgation of military rule in October 1999, Hussain firmly stood with Nawaz Sharif when multitudes of PML-N leaders simply abandoned their part


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