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Mamnoon Hussain completes tenure, leaves presidency

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ISLAMABAD: Mamnoon Hussain completed his five year tenure as President of Pakistan on Saturday and left  the president house after receiving guard of honour in a special ceremony.

Newly elected President Arif Alvi will take oath of office at a ceremony tomorrow. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar will administer oath to him.

The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate Dr Arif Alvi won the presidential election held on Sep 4 with 352 votes, followed by PML-N backed candidate Maulana Fazlur Rehman who managed to secure 184, while Aitzaz Ahsan of the PPP bagged 124 votes.

A total of 1, 110 members of both the houses of Parliament and four provincial assemblies cast their ballots in the presidential election. As many as 28 votes were rejected for some reasons as 1, 082 votes were declared valid.

After being elected as president of the country, Mr Alvi stepped down from his seat in the National Assembly.

He had won the constituency NA-247 (Karachi, South-II) in the July 25 elections with 91,020 votes defeating Syed Ali Zaman Jafferi of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan who could garner only 24,680 votes.

A look at Mamnoon Hussain’s profile

President Mamnoon Hussain was born on December 23, 1940 at Agra in British India, Mamnoon Hussain, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, migrated to Pakistan in 1949 with his entire family. Graduating in commerce (Hons.) from Karachi University in 1963, he joined the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi to do Master in business Administration in 1965. Initially supporting and strengthening his father’s business, he shifted to his own business in textile.

According to the President House website, Mr. Mamnoon entered the Pakistani politics with a missionary and reformative zeal in 1968. He joined Muslim League in Karachi and soon became Joint Secretary of the City Organization. He entered the national politics by joining Pakistan Muslim League (N) in 1993.

In view of his integrity and commitment, he was appointed the Finance Secretary of the PML (N), Sindh. In 2001, he was given the portfolio of the General Secretary of the PML-N, Sindh, and he continued in that office until 2005. His formidable stature as a veteran politician earned him the honour of the Acting President of the PML-N, Sindh. In recognition of his services for his party, he was appointed Senior Vice President (SVP) of the PML-N and Member of the Central Executive Committee in 2005. In 1997-98, he was appointed Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh. In 1999, he was elected to the coveted position of the President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI).

In June 1999, he went on to become the Governor of Sindh, but his term was cut short on October 12, 1999 when the PML-N government was removed in a military takeover. His credentials as a politician were established when he became a political prisoner after raising his voice against the totalitarian regime of the then military dictator.

In landslide victory, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan through his official nomination made by PML-N in 2013. He took the oath of office on September 09, 2013.

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