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Ex-president Mamnoon Hussain dies at 80 in Karachi

Ex-president Mamnoon Hussain dies at 80 in Karachi
July 14, 2021

KARACHI (92 News) - Former president Mamnoon Hussain passed away at the age of 80 in Karachi hospital on Wednesday, his son Arsalan Mamnoon has confirmed.

It is pertinent to mention here that Mamnoon Hussain remained Pakistan’s president from 2013 to 2018 during the PML-N government.

The former president had been under treatment at a private hospital for the past two weeks. Arsalan Mamnoon said that his father was battling cancer.

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. Hussain has left behind a widow and three sons. The time and place of his funeral prayers will be announced later.

Meanwhile, political figures 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.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted: "My deepest condolences on the passing of former President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain. May Allah grant his family the strength to bear this great loss."

PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan also conveyed his condolences, praying for strength for Hussain's family and friends to cope with the loss.

Sindh chief minister's adviser Murtaza Wahab also shared sadness at Hussain's demise, saying "he served his office with grace and dignity."

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.