ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has officially nominated Mamnoon Hussain as its candidate for the presidential election, scheduled to be held on August 6.
“He would personally submit his nomination papers on Wednesday,” former governor of Sindh, Hussain said.
Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP-A) have fielded Senator Raza Rabbani as their joint candidate for the presidential election.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Justice (retd) Wajiuddin Ahmed as their candidate for the election.
Mamnoon Hussain, a veteran Muslim Leaguer, is a graduate of the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. He remained loyal to the PML-N leadership during the rule of Gen Pervez Musharraf, but later kept a low profile.
Hussain said that soon after he had left the university in the late 60s he was elected joint secretary of the Muslim League in Sindh.
Although Hussain remained associated with the party in the 70s and 80s, he was deeply involved in his textile business.
In 1993, he came closer to the party leadership when Nawaz Sharif was contesting his removal from the prime minister’s office by then president Ghulam Ishaq.
“Then onward, I remained an active member of the party and worked in various positions, including as acting president of the PML-N Sindh for some time. At the moment, I am senior vice president of the party, the position which obviously I will resign if chosen by the party to run for the post of president,” Hussain said.
Before serving as the governor of Sindh from June to October 1999 when the PML-N was in power, Hussain worked as adviser to then chief minister Liaquat Jatoi.