KAR ACHI: Former president of Pakistan and senior PML-N leader Mamnoon Husain who passed away here on Wednesday was in his 80s.
Mamnoon Husain received education up to matric level at his home and got admission to Government Commerce College and later did MBA from IBA Karachi.
He mostly remained associated with the shoe business of his family. The family had set up a big business dealing with shoes in East Pakistan. Later, Mr Husain also started exporting fruits. `He may be considered one of the pioneers of fruits business.
Mamnoon Husain joined politics in late 1960s as he was closely associated with then politiciancum-businessman Abdul Khalig Allahwala after whose name is a big market on M.A. Jinnah Road. Mr Allahwala also served as deputy mayor Karachi.
Mamnoon Husain remained joint secretary of the then Muslim League in the 1970s. Subsequently, he focused on his business and was considered an active member of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
When Nawaz Sharif came to power first time in 1991, Mamnoon Husain along with some business-men joined the PML-N and remained its active member. He was made governor of Sindh during the second government of Nawaz Sharif in the late 1990s.
During Musharraf regime, Mamnoon had held three posts in the PML-N Sindh simultaneously when the party was under persecution. He was elected as president of Pakistan when the PML-N came to power in 2013. After completing his tenure as president on Sept 9, 2018, he almost abandoned politics and kept a low profile.
Mamnoon Husain was diagnosed with cancer in February last year and had been under treatment. He was admitted to a private hospital some days ago where he breathed his last. He left behind a widow and three sons.