Mamnoon Hussain elected as Pakistan's 12th president

Published: July 30, 2013
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PMLN) presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain on July 24, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PMLN) presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain on July 24, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: According to the initial vote count, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s candidate Mamnoon Hussain has been elected as Pakistan’s 12th president, comfortably securing the majority vote in the presidential election, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Hussain will take oath on September 9.

The incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari, along with a number of politicians congratulated Hussain on his victory.

The table below shows the number of electoral votes received by the PML-N and PTI candidates.



Mamnoon Hussain

Justice (retd) Wajiuddin Ahmed

National Assembly + Senate



Punjab Assembly                            60


Sindh Assembly



Balochistan Assembly



Khyber Paktunkhwa





Mamnoon Hussain

Former Sindh governor and an alumnus of the Institute of Business Administration, from where he graduated in 1965, Hussain is an old loyalist of Nawaz Sharif and remained with the PML-N during the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. He served as the governor of Sindh from June to October 1999 and lost the post after the then army chief Gen Pervez Musharraf toppled the PML-N government in a military coup in Oct 1999.

Hussain belongs to Sindh and lives in Karachi, where he owns a textile business. He  was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, in 1940. In 1993, he inched closer to the party leadership when Nawaz contested his own removal from the premier’s office by then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

According to analysts, picking Hussain as its presidential candidate would help the party counter the PPP’s claims that the PML-N was accommodating only Punjab-based politicians at offices in the centre. He contested the 2002 elections from NA-250 (Karachi) on PML-N ticket but had no luck. He is also a former president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

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  • Bill
    Jul 30, 2013 - 11:31AM

    Thanks to IK for showing a little competition , Otherwise this is proven PPPP and PML-N have an agreement of 5 years You 5 years me Deal.


  • Blunt
    Jul 30, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Rafiq Tarar 2 in making.


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 2:18PM

    Mediocrity Rules


  • wish
    Jul 30, 2013 - 3:47PM

    I hope he’ll be better than our former presidents. ameen


  • Indian
    Jul 30, 2013 - 3:49PM

    Good Luck!!!


  • Raaz
    Jul 30, 2013 - 3:51PM

    Congrates mamoon hussian for beocoming lthe 11th presedent of Islamic republic of Pakistan, We hope u will serve Pakistan with Sincerity along with PM NS.. God Bless U..Pakistan Khapy………


  • Sami
    Jul 30, 2013 - 3:53PM

    What ????? No way …- _ – !


  • Umer
    Jul 30, 2013 - 3:56PM

    Lashkar e Jhangvi finally won all around.


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jul 30, 2013 - 3:56PM

    Thanks to short sightedness of PTI, the election is legit by its token opposition. It was too thick to make any formal requests of votes to PPP, ANP, JUIF, PMLQ, PMLF and even its own ally QWP. Jointly PPP and PTI could have put in a consensus candidate but IK’s pride is fast becoming his bane.


  • Islamabadi1
    Jul 30, 2013 - 3:56PM

    What kind of a democratic system allows a person who has never won a popular election to become head of state? Who allowed these loopholes in the constitution ?


  • shery
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:02PM

    This is really unfortunate dat…..Shaikh Rasheed did not vote for PTi :d


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 4:25PM

    Mubarak Ho, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain! You deserve to be President of Pakistan as you have been a loyal supporter of the PMLN and also served as Governor of Sindh.
    We pray to Almighty Allah that you will do your best to see that Karachi gets it’s due share of attention in socio-economic development and remove the impediments the citizens are facing in the city. Thank you and Salams


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Congratulations Mr Mamnoon..
    I don’t know much about you, you may be a good person. But actually I don’t expect any thing good from Shareefs.


  • Abbas
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:30PM

    There is a difference between head of state and head of government, bro. The president is supposed to be apolitical and is supposed to unite the federation. They don’t have the ability to shape policy and it is not necessary that they are elected representatives.


  • Kaleem
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:34PM

    @Bill: For some people, IK is everywhere, in everything. Infact, IK played a negative role in this process and tried to sabotage judiciary’s respect. While PPP did it to save their leaders from court punishments, PTI just did it to bash PML-N.


  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Congratulations to Mr. Manoon Hussain on being elected as 12th President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

    I wish him all the best in taking appropriate actions to control the law and order situation of Pakistan.

    Pakistan is destined to move forward and Inshallah will move forward with the passage of time under the leadership of Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan.



  • Bling
    Jul 30, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Woah! He is an educated man!! I just hope he does justice to the presidency.


  • umair409
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:06PM

    MQM played key role for this win


  • Shakir Lakhani
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:20PM

    @ Islamabadi1: In India, Manmohan Singh has never won a direct election, yet he has been the prime minister for over 9 years.
    @ Bing: Sure, he’s educated, a graduate (MBA) from one of the premier institutions of the country (IBA, Karachi), unlike the previous president (Zardari), who is supposed to have graduated from a university that never existed!


  • imran
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:33PM

    Thank you MQM, your services are no longer needed! Ta ta.


  • imran
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Don’t blame PTI and PPP for judiciary’s shortcomings. Name a single achievement of this so-called independent judiciary, other than saving his own job, and the skin of his son. On the other hand, the damage done is immense, which the shortsightedness of PMLN fails to see, as short term benefits blind them.


  • imran
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:44PM

    @Syed A. Mateen:
    For God’s sake… please no paid content here!


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 5:45PM

    happy to know and believe Mr. Zardari will go finally on September 09 of this fortunate year


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 5:45PM

    We congratulate the nation of Pakistan on the election of the New President. The historical transition of one democratically elected to another shows the commitment of the Pakistani nation to the process of democracy. We hope to continue on the path of cooperation and better working relationship with the new president as well. We repeat what Richard B. Olson, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, said right before the General Elections in April: “The U.S. affirms it is solely up to the people of Pakistan to determine their future leadership. The U.S. is backing democracy, and the strengthening of Pakistan’s civilian institutions through the electoral process. The U.S. does not support any particular political party or individual candidate.”

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command


  • Udaya Bose
    Jul 30, 2013 - 5:52PM

    Well he should be a decent, upright and dedicated person …. he was born in India.


  • Saad
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:18PM

    REALLY NOW? … okay assum we take away MQM’s 23 NA votes + MQM’s 7 Senate votes from the 277 votes that Mamnoon Hussain received. He would have gotten 277-(23+7) = 277-30 = 247 votes … which are still a LOT more than the runners up candidate (i.e. 34 votes) . … MQM’s “key role” my foot.


  • Saad
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:19PM
  • sattar rind
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:22PM

    we congratulate him.


  • Ricky
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:30PM

    It is only Pakistan where somebody who has never won a single election in his life can become head of the state! Like M. Qureshi, S. Aziz, Hussain has no electoral constituency and yet they all have ruled Pakistan. It is a shame that PML-N candidate could not get plurality in the three houses out of six.


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:44PM

    The President designate must learn fast
    And schedule his trip to Beijing.


  • rizwan
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Today I feel happy by not voting pti. Imran khan do not deserve to be entrusted with national govt. Looseeřrrrrrrrrf


  • asim
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:56PM

    A total failure of democracy when the richest has assumed top positions and the poor masses are suffering.


  • Jul 30, 2013 - 7:02PM

    @Khalq e Khuda: Can you stop blaming IK for everything. PPP was the one who boycott the elections then how come you blame IK for not putting in a consensus candidate. Get a life and stop blaming IK for everything.


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:04PM

    President Elect Mamnoon Hussain is the 12th President, are you including so called Presidents like Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Zia-ul-Haq and Pervaiz Musharraf, these dictators were never elected by the people of Pakistan so they can not be called Presidents. Please, some one enlighten me.


  • SKChadha
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:05PM

    My heartiest congratulations to all my Pakistani friends and the entire Awam of Pakistan for this smooth transition.


  • Luciferous
    Jul 30, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Men who dye their hair reveals couple of things about themselves:
    First they have something to hide and second thay are not very good at that!


  • Ash
    Jul 30, 2013 - 8:00PM

    Name of mills owned by the mamoon?


  • safeer
    Jul 30, 2013 - 8:31PM

    today i am so happay about the new president of pakistan.


  • Hasan
    Jul 30, 2013 - 8:31PM

    This alumni of IBA kicked out the Director IBA when he was Governor after Dr Wahab refused to accomodate his offspring who failed the IBA test. So much for alumni.


  • Casper
    Jul 30, 2013 - 8:32PM

    Mashallah. Free dahi bhallay for everyone!


    Jul 30, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Congratulation to everyone in Pakistan !
    Slowly and steadily, I see signs of progress and prosperity coming to the Citizens,
    Please keep up the good things.
    All the best for the well being of every one over their across the border.


  • KAY
    Jul 30, 2013 - 8:59PM

    What is the purpose of president and governers in pakistan?


  • Kami
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:04PM

    @Ash: dont know about his current mills, but he will own some new ones soon.


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:39PM

    @Ash: “Name of mills owned by the mamoon?”
    Did he make public his assets and the Income Returns of his as part of his application to the EC?


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:43PM

    @Udaya Bose: “Well he should be a decent, upright and dedicated person …. he was born in India.”
    So was Mush….I mean born in India.


  • Assad
    Jul 30, 2013 - 9:58PM


    So much jealousy?


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:00PM

    One step for a man….a giant step for mankind
    The question is in which direction?


  • Polpot
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:02PM

    “Mamnoon Hussain has been elected as Pakistan’s 12th president”
    This is a PPP conspiracy to make Pres Zaradi stand out better in comparison.


  • Mehreen
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:39PM

    The presidential elections will leave nothing but a bad taste in the mouth. Are we goiing to see a replay of the days when presidential addresses were drowned out by the opposition’s disrupting voices? The newly elected head of state might be hard put to it to prove that he will be a neutral and all weather President. That we would unravel our democratic dispensation at this stage on an issue as meaningless as the election date falling in the last leg of Ramazan was not expected by any sane mind.Recommend

  • Rahim
    Jul 30, 2013 - 10:54PM

    So how soon we gonna start putting cases on Mr. Z? =)


  • hamza khan
    Jul 30, 2013 - 11:25PM


    haha…you must be joking. the country has gone from a 4 star general, a decorated war hero of two wars, and a company commander of an elite commando unit to a man who knows how to cook nihari for his buddy nawaz sharif. you must be really joking.


  • A Pakistani
    Jul 30, 2013 - 11:26PM

    The comments of PTI trolls prove that they are “burger kids” totally ignorant of the democratic process.


  • Imran
    Jul 30, 2013 - 11:28PM

    So loyalty won him the election, not capability?


  • Apt
    Jul 31, 2013 - 12:01AM

    @A Pakistani:
    Judging by your ignorant comments you should immediately change ur handle to A Patwari.


  • Jasper
    Jul 31, 2013 - 1:39AM

    He doesnt own any mills, if he did all his sons wouldnt have been working for banks. Media fails to present the true picture again.


  • izhar Khan
    Jul 31, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Very unfortunate for a country to have both Business men, PM and President.


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