Mushahid Hussain Sayed ( Chairman )
Mushahid Hussain recently completed a 6 year term as Senator and Chairman, of the Pakistan Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is also Secretary General of Pakistan Muslim League, the country's former ruling party. He has been a Cabinet Minister, Journalist, university teacher and political analyst. As Information Minister from 1997 to 1999, Mushahid Hussain was the country's principal spokesman and appeared frequently on international television and radio channels to present Pakistan's position on issues ranging from nuclear weapons to Islam and foreign policy. He was also Leader of Pakistan's Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva in 1993. After the October 12, 1999 military coup, Mushahid Hussain was held without any charges as a political prisoner for 440 days, including a period in solitary imprisonment. The world's leading human rights organization, Amnesty International, declared him a Prisoner of Conscience making him the first such Pakistani to be so honoured for the year 2000.
Mushahid Hussain has a Master's degree from the School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University at Washington. While studying in the US, he was President of the Pakistan Students Association and was awarded a Congressional Internship to work in the United States Congress. In Pakistan, he studied at the Forman Christian College in Lahore, from where he received a BA.
After completion of studies in the United States, he returned to Pakistan and became member of the faculty of the country's prestigious training institution for civil servants, the Pakistan Administrative Staff College where he trained new entrants to the Foreign Service. He then joined Pakistan's oldest seat of learning, the Punjab University, as Lecturer on International Relations in the Political Science Department, from where he along with three other teachers was removed on political grounds during General Zia's Martial Law regime.
In 1982, at age 29, he became the youngest Editor of any national daily, the English-language 'The Muslim', published from the capital, Islamabad, which was respected for its independent positions.
As a specialist on international political and strategic issues, he has lectured widely and his articles have been published in various national and international publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, and Middle East International. He has authored three books. He is also Member of the Board of Governors of Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), a leading think tank. He was Pakistan Representative to the 15-member Commission of Eminent Persons, set up in 2004-05 by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), whose reform proposals were adopted by the Mecca Islamic Summit in December 2005.
He is also the Vice President of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) Asia - Pacific Chapter, a grouping of centrist political parties. On January 27, 2006, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Achievement by the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines. During the September 2008 Presidential elections in Pakistan, Mushahid Hussain was his party's nominee for President of Pakistan and although he lost in the triangular contest, he led in the public opinion polls. He is founder and Chairman, Pakistan-China Institute, the first think-tank in Pakistan devoted to China
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