Origins and education
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was born on 27 January 1946 in the Gujrat District, Punjab
, of former British Indian Empire. His ancestors hailing from rural Gujrat and had no initial political background. 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.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. In 1962, Hussain attended the Forman Christian College University and graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration in 1965 and pursued a 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. By this time, Hussain's family had become a potent industrial oligarchs and had significant influence on presidents Ayub Khan and General Yahya Khan.
Hussain was the leading member of right-wing alliance, the Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA) Islamic Democratic Alliance
and successfully endorsed his parliamentary seat during the first party 1988 general elections, and headed the Parliamentary Party of Joint Opposition (PPJO) in the National Assembly from 1988 to 1990. He also acted as the parliamentary party leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N)
(PML-N)  Pakistan Muslime league N
in the National Assembly.
Chaudhry Shujaat was an active political leader, heading the Parliamentary Party of Joint Opposition in the National Assembly from 1988 to 1990. After the 1990 general elections and 1997 elections, Chaudhry Shujaat served as the Internal minister of the Interior ministry and served as 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 However, Hussain mounted serious disagreement and confronted Nawaz Sharif after Sharif imposing economic emergency in 1998, and took control of the Karachi Stock Exchange. Hussain's relations became extremely hostile during the Kargil war and claiming that Sharif had been briefed by chief of army staff general Pervez Musharraf
six times as opposed to Sharif claiming not having a "knowledge".He maintains his support of the 1999 coup d'état and backed the militaries removal of the Prime minister from power.
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After the coup, Hussain did not join the Pakistan Muslim League, a splinter group of PML.In 2001, Hussain decided to defect to PML(Q) after Sharif was exiled to Saudi Arabia in 2000 and contested from Gujrat through the PML(Q) platform during the 2002 general elections. 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. On January 2003, Shujaat was nominated and assumed the party's presidency after succeeding Mian Muhammad Azhar on a party convention.
Career in national politics
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain entered in the national politics  Politics of Pakistan
after the assassination of his father, and emerged with the Pakistan Muslim League rooted from Punjab Province. 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.He participated and campaign successfully in non-partisan 1985 general elections for an industrial seat, although he maintains ties with PML. His contest in the general election from Gujrat included for both seats for the National Assembly and provincial Punjab Assembly.After the elections he had to vacate his Punjab Assembly seat in favour of the National Assembly seat.
He was inherited the power mantle by his father and became a crucial power broker in the far-right regime of chief of army staff and president general Zia-ul-Haq.Hussain benefited with general Zia's economic policies, along with Sharif, prospered well enough. Hussain invest a large sum of money in industrial firms, notably associated with defence production and mills, and bought industrial Stocks at Karachi Stock Exchange, which benefited him and his assets at an increasing level of wealth.
After participating in 1985 general elections, Hussain joined the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo as the minister of the Ministry of Industry, and held additional ministerial portfolio of Ministry of Information and Mass-media Broadcasting in 1986;and Ministry of Defence Production in 1987–88.
Chaudhary Shujat Hussain with Pervaiz Musharaf
Hussain was the leading member of right-wing alliance, the Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA)  Islamic Jamhori Ittehad wikipedia.com
and successfully endorsed his parliamentary seat during the first party 1988 general elections, Pakistan General Electiion
and headed the Parliamentary Party of Joint Opposition (PPJO) in the National Assembly from 1988 to 1990.He also acted as the parliamentary party leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) in the National Assembly.
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is the eldest son of Chaudhry Zahoor Ilahi, Chaudhary Zahoor ilahi Wikipedia.com
and has been connected with the families of past military dictators, including Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan
and general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. His younger cousin, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, previously served as the chief minister of Punjab and also held the post of Deputy Prime Minister in Pakistan Peoples Party's recent government.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.Wajahat Force of PML-Q, MNA; and Chaudhry Wajahat Husain, is linked to numerous scams of Hawala and Money laundering, and have wrecked havoc on the local populace.
Hussain had been a strong and vocal supporter of Pakistan's bilateral relations with South Korea. South Korea Wikipedia.com
He has been a major source of bringing the South Korea investment in the country and has been successfully called for South-Korean model of economy in the country. For his efforts, the South Korean government has named an "Honorary Consul General" after his name in the Republic of Korea in 1981.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.
Wealth and personal assets
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is one of the accounted richest and most powerful business personalities in Pakistan.Hussain is noted as one of the wealthiest investor in defence production, military technological development, and industrial mills.His chain of industries in large numbers of defence production industries, textiles, agricultural farms, sugar and flour mills. In 2012, Hussain agreed to declare half of his personal assets to Election Commission, Election Commision of pakistan wikipedia.com
and made it public domain. 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). Hussain also owns a 78-acre of agricultural land worth ₨. 376,667 and 12.5 acres worth ₨. 4.5 million. He has stock shares worth ₨. 10.4 million and ₨. 53.90 million cash in his account.
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