Shujaat Hussain

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Shujaat Hussain
چوہدری شجاعت حسین
16th Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
30 June 2004 – 23 August 2004
PresidentPervez Musharraf
Preceded byZafarullah Khan Jamali
Succeeded byShaukat Aziz
Leader of Pakistan Muslim League (Q)
Assumed office
1 January 2003
Preceded byMian Muhammad Azhar
27th & 29th Minister of Interior
In office
25 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byOmar Khan Afridi(Acting)
Succeeded byMoinuddin Haider
In office
9 November 1990 – 18 July 1993
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Balakh Sher Mazari (Acting)
Nawaz Sharif
Preceded byMian Zahid Sarfraz (Acting)
Succeeded byFateh Khan Bandial (Acting)
Minister for Railways
In office
7 August 1998 – 9 November 1999
PresidentRafiq Tarar
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded bySardar Muhammad Yaqub Khan Nasar
Succeeded byLt. Gen. R. Javed Ashraf
Chairman Senate Committees on Defence Production and Aviation
In office
Federal Minister for Defence Production
In office
PresidentMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq
Prime MinisterMuhammad Khan Junejo
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting
In office
PresidentMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq
Prime MinisterMuhammad Khan Junejo
Federal Minister for Industries and Production
In office
PresidentMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq
Prime MinisterMuhammad Khan Junejo
Member of the Senate of Pakistan (Senator from Punjab)
In office
In office
ConstituencyPunjab, Pakistan
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
In office
In office
In office
In office
In office
ConstituencyNA-105 (Gujrat-I)
Personal details
(1940-01-27) 27 January 1940 (age 83)
Gujrat, Punjab, British India
Resting placenative_name_langچاعت
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (Q) (2003–present)[1]
Other political
Pakistan Muslim League (before 1988)
Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (1988–1993)
Pakistan Muslim League (N) (1993–2002)
Children3 including Chaudhry Salik Hussain
RelativesChaudhry family
ResidenceLahore, Pakistan
Alma materForman Christian College University (B.B.A)

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain (Punjabi: چوہدری شجاعت حسین; Urdu: چودھری شجاعت حسین; (born 27 January 1940) is a senior Pakistani politician[2][3] who previously served as 16th prime minister of Pakistan.[4] Hussain is the party president of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q)[5][6][7] since 2003 .[1]

Hailing from the business-industrialist Chaudhry family[8] from the Punjab province of Pakistan, Hussain graduated from the FC College University and the Punjab University. After his graduation, Hussain subsequently joined the family business comprising large numbers of industries, textiles, agricultural farms, sugar and flour mills.[8] He successfully contested in the non-partisan 1985 elections and was appointed as minister of industry in the government of Prime minister Muhammad Junejo, lasting until 1988.[9] Hussain became a leader and influential conservative figure in the Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA) between 1988 and 1990 and joined the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) under Nawaz Sharif in 1993.[9] Hussain served as the 26th Interior minister in the government of Prime minister Nawaz Sharif in two non-consecutive terms from 1990 to 1993 and 1997 to 1999.[9]

Originally a loyalist of Nawaz Sharif, Hussain defected to autocratic leader Pervez Musharraf after 1999 and became member of the new PML-Q.[10] His family remains influential in national politics and his younger cousin Pervez Illahi served as Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007 during Musharraf's military rule. Following the 2008 elections and Musharraf's resignation, Hussain and his party became a major ally of Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and President Asif Ali Zardari from the Pakistan Peoples Party.[11][12]

Early life and education[edit]

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was born on 27 January 1940 in the Gujrat District, Punjab, of former British Indian Empire. He was born in a Punjabi Jat family belonging to Warraich clan.[13] His ancestors hailed from rural Gujrat and had no initial political background.[2][14] His father Zahoor Elahi was a junior constable in Punjab Police but quit the police service to establish a cotton mill. His family lost a cotton mill as a result of Indian partition but re-established the mill in Gujrat after the establishment of Pakistan in 1947.[2] His father first contested in 1954 elections and elected a local union Councillor of the Gujrat District. After attending public schools in Gujrat, Hussain matriculated, and was accepted at the Forman Christian College University.[2][14] In 1962, Hussain attended the Forman Christian College University and graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration in 1965 and pursued an MA in Industrial management in UK.

Upon returning to Pakistan, Hussain joined the family industrial conglomerate comprising industrial units in textiles, sugar, flour milling and agricultural farms in 1969.[15] By this time, Hussain's family had become a potent industrial oligarchs and had significant influence on presidents Ayub Khan and General Yahya Khan.[2][14]

Career in national politics[edit]

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain entered in the national politics after the assassination of his father.[16] After participating in a local-body elections, Hussain became a Member of the Parliament in 1981 and, subsequently joining the Punjab government's Financial department.[16] He participated and campaign successfully in non-partisan 1985 general elections and maintains ties with PML.[16] His contest in the general election from Gujrat included for both seats for the National Assembly and provincial Punjab Assembly.[16] After the elections he vacated his Punjab Assembly seat in favour of the National Assembly seat.[16]

He became a crucial power broker in the Islamist regime Zia-ul-Haq.[17] Hussain benefited with general Zia's economic policies.[17] Hussain invested in industrial firms and mills. Bought Stocks at Karachi Stock Exchange, which benefited him.[17]

After participating in 1985 general elections, Hussain joined the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo as the minister of the Ministry of Industry,[9] and held additional ministerial portfolio of Ministry of Information and Mass-media Broadcasting in 1986;[9] and Ministry of Defence Production in 1987–88.[9]

He was imprisoned during second tenure of Bhutto in 1994 in politically-motivated cases filed by Federal Investigation Agency DG Rehman Malik.[18]

Interior ministry[edit]

Hussain was the leading member of right-wing alliance, the Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA) and won parliamentary seat during 1988 general elections, and headed the Parliamentary Party of Joint Opposition (PPJO) in the National Assembly from 1988 to 1990.[9] He also acted as the parliamentary party leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) in the National Assembly.[9]

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, then Pakistan's Prime Minister, sees off US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, after their July 2004 meeting at the Prime Minister's residence in Islamabad, Pakistan.

After 1990 elections and 1997 elections, Chaudhry Shujaat served as Interior ministry. He was one of high-profile cabinet member of Prime minister Nawaz Sharif who appointed Shujaat as the President of the PML-N in Punjab from 1997 to 1999.[9] However, Hussain mounted serious disagreement and confronted Nawaz Sharif after Sharif imposing economic emergency in 1998.[19] Hussain's relations became extremely hostile during the Kargil war, claiming that Sharif had been briefed by chief of army staff general Pervez Musharraf six times as opposed to Sharif claiming not having "knowledge".[19]

Pakistan Muslim League[edit]

After the coup, Hussain did not join the Pakistan Muslim League, a splinter group of PML.[9] In 2001, Hussain decided to defect to PML after Sharif was exiled to Saudi Arabia in 2000 and contested from Gujrat through the PML platform during the 2002 general elections.[9] Initially, Hussain became parliamentary party leader in the National Assembly, but assumed the presidency of the party when the party's founder Mian Muhammad Azhar resigned from the party. In January 2003, Shujaat was nominated and assumed the party's presidency after succeeding Mian Muhammad Azhar on a party convention.[9]

Prime Minister of Pakistan[edit]

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain endorsed and provided his support to appoint his lifelong friend Zafarullah Khan Jamali as country's first Baloch prime minister. Previously, he also played a role in bringing Shaukat Aziz in national politics. However, in 2004 Jamali resigned.[20]

The military and ISI will only support and go with you as long as enough of the people are with you.... They (military) are like a horse that carries you "Only" as long as you have strength in your legs....

— Chaudhry Shujaat telling Anatol Lieven, 2008, [21]

After Jamali's resignation, Shujaat Husain nominated Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz for the office of Prime Minister. Shujaat temporarily become Prime Minister because Aziz can not be elected Prime Minister, as he was a member of senate.[20]

At the Parliament, Hussain told journalists that his election as Prime Minister was "not an interim appointment" but in keeping with the Constitution.[4] In an interview, Shujaat Hussain quoted: "My nomination by Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and nomination of Shaukat Aziz after consulting the President were in line with the set traditions. There should be no hue and cry over such technicalities."[4]

On 23 August 2004, Hussain handed over the office of prime minister to Shaukat Aziz, though Hussain remained the party president of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q).[22]

Election as Prime Minister[edit]

The election for Prime Minister took place on 29 June 2004.

←2002 29 June 2004 August 2004→
Candidate Party Votes Obtained[23]
Required majority → 172 out of 342
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Pakistan Muslim League (Q) 190 checkY
Ameen Faheem Pakistan Peoples Party 76 ☒N
Abstentions <76

Personal life[edit]

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is the eldest son of Chaudhry Zahoor Ilahi.[24] His younger cousin, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, former chief minister of Punjab and also held the post of Deputy Prime Minister in Pakistan Peoples Party's recent government.[25] His younger brother, Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain, has also been elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab for three times (1988–1990,1990–1993,1997–1999) and also won from the constituency NA-104 of National Assembly in 2002 and 2008 general elections.[26] Wajahat Force of PML-Q, MNA; and Chaudhry Wajahat Husain, is linked to numerous scams of Hawala and Money laundering, and have wreaked havoc on the local populace.[27]

Honors from South Korea[edit]

Hussain had been a strong and vocal supporter of Pakistan's bilateral relations with South Korea.[28] He helped in bringing South Korea investment in the country and supports South-Korean model of economy in the country.[28] For his efforts, the South Korean government named him "Honorary Consul General" of Republic of Korea.[28] Hussain is also a recipient of South Korea's highest diplomatic award Order of the Diplomatic Service Merit "Ueung-in-Metal" for distinguished services in promoting mutual relations between Pakistan and Republic of Korea.[28]

Wealth and personal assets[edit]

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is one of the powerful business personalities in Pakistan.[29] Hussain is investor in defence production, military technological development, and industrial mills.[30] According to the statements of assets and liabilities for 2010–2011, 50% of Hussain's share in two residential houses located in Islamabad and Lahore worth ₨. 9.2million and ₨.3.4 million, respectively (although he did not issued the current value).[30] Hussain also owns a 78-acre of agricultural land worth ₨. 376,667 and 12.5 acres worth ₨. 4.5 million.[31] He has stock shares worth ₨. 10.4 million and ₨. 53.90 million cash in his account.[31]


By him[edit]

  • Sach To Yeh Hai! (‏سچّ تو يه هے; "This Is The Truth!"), Lahore : Firoz Shah Publications, 2018, 328 p. Autobiography.

About him[edit]

  • Ch. Shujat Danishwaron Ke Nazr Maen (چوهدرى شجاعت حسين : دانشوروں کى نضر ميں; "Shujat The Man : Scholars' Eye View"), Lahore : Sanj Publications, 2020, 234 p.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "PML-Q Fires Ch Shujat, Cheema As Rift Widens Within Party". 29 July 2022. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
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  3. ^ Sehbai, Shaheen. "US Diplomats Think Ch. Shujaat Becoming Musharraf's Biggest Challenger". South Asia Tribune. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2012. Senior US diplomats in Pakistan and in the State Department are genuinely intrigued about the display of an almost unbelievable confrontationist posture against General Pervez Musharraf, adopted by the most unlikely of politicians in today's Pakistani spectrum— the always obedient servant of the military establishment, Choudhry Shujaat Hussain
  4. ^ a b c Administrator (8 October 2004). "Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Becomes Prime Minister". Story of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 5 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. This very thinking led the Pakistan Muslim League and its allied parties to select Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz as the next executive head of the country. My nomination by Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and nomination of Shaukat Aziz after consulting the President were in line with the set traditions. There should be no hue and cry over such technicalities
  5. ^ Shah, Murtaza Ali (27 May 2012). "Shujaat terms Nawaz Sharif's arrogance his weakness". The News International. p. 1. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. President of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Saturday urged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif to get rid of his arrogant behaviour in his own interest
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  29. ^ Kashif Abbasi. "Rashid Ahmed, Gul Muhammad Lot emerge as richest senators". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
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