Former President Mamnoon Hussain Passes Away in Cancer at age 80

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Hussain served as the 12th President of Pakistan between September 2013 and September 2018. He had replaced Asif Ali Zardari and was succeeded by Arif Alvi. He was diagnosed with cancer in February last year and was under treatment at a private hospital in the city for some days where he breathed his last, according to his former coordinator and PML-N Sindh additional secretary general Chaudhry Tariq. Hussain has left behind a widow and three sons. The time and place of his funeral prayers will be announced later

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Originally a businessman, Mamnoon Hussain was born on December 23, 1940, in the Indian city of Agra. He had started his political career as a Muslim Leaguer 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. The deceased 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.

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Politicians belonging to various parties expressed grief and condolences at the passing of the former president. President Arif Alvi expressed sorrow over his demise, saying he shared the pain of his bereaved family. PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif also shared sadness over Hussain’s death. “Today, we have lost a valued person who loved Pakistan and had a good character,” a tweet by the PML-N president’s account quoted him as saying. “He was Nawaz Sharif’s trustworthy, loyal and ideological companion. He steadfastly stood by the party through all the highs and lows. “His services for the country and the nation will be remembered for long,” Shehbaz said.

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Also Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his condolences on Hussain’s demise. “May Allah bless his soul & give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss, ” he was quoted as saying by the ISPR. PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said she was deeply saddened by the former president’s passing. “He was a sincere man who served Pakistan with completely honesty,” she tweeted.