India – Born Mamnoon Hussain Elected as President of Pakistan
Mamnoon Hussain, the India – born Pakistani businessman was on 30th July, 2013 elected as he 12th President of Pakistan. 73 year old Mamnoon Hussain, who belonged to the PML – N Party, will be administered the oath of the office on 9th September, 2013.
Mamnoon Hussain succeeded Asif Ali Zardari, who did not go for re – election. The presidential office of Pakistan will be vacated on 9th September, 2013 by the incumbent Asif Ali Zardari, as his term of 5 years ended. Mamnoon Hussain became a clear winner, in comparison to ex – judge Wajihuddin Ahmed of Pakistan Tehreek – e – Insaf party. Raza Rabbani of Pakistan People’s Party was withdrawn.
Early Life of Mamnoon Hussain
- Mamnoon Hussain was born on 2nd March, 1940 in Agra, India.
- He is the textile businessman as well as politician of Pakistan.
- In the year 1999, he briefly served as the Governor of Sindh.
- He migrated to Pakistan from India in 1954.
- He earned the degree from the Institute of Business Administration ( IBA ) in Karachi in 1960s.
- Mamnoon Hussain had, at some point of time, also remained the president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on 23rd July, 2013 ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold the Presidential election on 30th July, 2013. The decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan was issued following the petition filed by, Raja Zafarul Haq, the PML( N ) leader, who pleaded the court that a large number of Parliamentarians.
He was cast vote in the election would precede for Umrah and observe Aitakaf, during the last ten days of Ramazan. Earlier, the Presidential election of Pakistan was scheduled to be held on 6th August, 2013.
Important Facts of Pakistan New President
i. Mamnoon Hussain is an India – born resident of Pakistan and was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan.
ii. He was born in historic Agra city and belongs to Urdu – speaking ethnic group which migrated to Pakistan during partition in 1947.
iii. In Pakistan, the office of President is ceremonial. However, the President is still the Constitutional chief of the armed forces. He / she cannot order the deployments.
iv. The President of Pakistan appoints the services chiefs, but after recommendation from the Prime Minister.
v. So far, Pakistan has had 11 Presidents. Out of these, five have been military generals. Four of these illegally received powers through the coups.
vi. The first President of Pakistan – Major Sikandar Mirza was elected in the year 1956 after adoption of the first constitution.
Pakistan’s President Election Process
The polling for the Presidential elections in Pakistan started amidst tight security on 30th July, 2013. More than 1000 members of Majlis – e – Shoora ( the Parliament of Pakistan ), as well as four provincial assemblies cast their votes in the Presidential elections.
The unofficial results declared that Mamnoon Hussain had secured 277 votes in all, from Senate and National Assembly.
Mamnoon Hussain required a total of 263 votes for winning. His competitior, Wajihuddin Ahmed, on the other hand got merely 34 votes, while 3 votes were rejected by the polling staff.
1. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly : 110 voted in all for the presidential poll. 69 MLAs voted in favour of Wajihuddin Ahmed and 41 voted for Mamnoon Hussain.
2. Sindh Assembly : 69 in all, voted for the presidential poll. 64 votes went in favour of Mamnoon Hussain, while 5 votes were polled for Wajihuddin Ahmed.
3. Balochistan Assembly : 56 voted in all. 55 voted in favour of Mamnoon Hussain and 1 was given to Wajihuddin Ahmed.
4. Punjab Assembly : 337 voted in all. Mamnoon Hussain secured 313 votes, while Wajihuddin Ahmed won 24 votes.
Overall, Mamnoon Hussain secured 432 votes, while Wajihuddin Ahmed secured just 77 votes.
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