ISLAMABAD: Syed Mamnoon Hussain took oath as 12th President of the country at a ceremony atAiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad here on Monday. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary administered the oath.
The ceremony was attended by PPP leader and former president Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim, former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervez Ashraf, federal ministers, senior politicians and bureaucrats. After taking oath Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari and President Mamnoon Hussain shook hands with each other and later on held brief meeting.
Mamnoon Hussain was wearing a black hat in the style of Pakistan’s founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The 73-year-old Hussain was elected on July 30 by members of the four provincial assemblies and the federal parliament. Hussain, a candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which swept the May 11 general elections, received a clear majority of votes against Justice (retd) Wajihuddin, the presidential nominee of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI). The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had boycotted the election.
Mamnoon Hussain is a businessman turned politician. He studied at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi.
Mamnoon Hussain remained Governor of Sindh from 19th June‚ 1999 to 12th October 1999.
Meanwhile‚ in an interview‚ President Mamnoon Hussain has said he will take constitutional position to maintain good and friendly relations between the federation and the provinces.
He said the government is serious to resolve the challenges being faced by the country and he will make utmost efforts to bring close all federating units for this purpose.
Mamnoon Hussain said law and order in the country particularly in Karachi is major challenge for the government.
However‚ he expressed the confidence that the government will succeed to cope with the challenge and bring peace in the country which is vital for socio-economic growth.
On Balochistan‚ the president-elect said it is good omen that nationalist parties are not only in the provincial assembly but they are leading the government in the province hoping that it will lead to resolve the issues being faced by Balochistan.
He said although the government has taken various measures to improve electricity generation but there is still need to work on war footing to bridge the demand and supply gap. He said Karachi‚ which is hub of national economic activities‚ was ignored in the past. However‚ he hoped the present government will fully concentrate for the development of Karachi.