Acting President of Pakistan

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The Acting President of Pakistan (Urdu: قائم مقام صدر پاکستان‎) is a temporary post provided for by the Constitution of Pakistan. In the case where a president's term of office is terminated early or during the absence of the president, the Chairman of the Senate assumes the office, as per the line of succession to the President of Pakistan.[1][2] The Speaker of the National Assembly is second in the line of succession.

Fazlul Qadir Chaudhry acted as president periodically during his tenure as Speaker of the National Assembly, whenever Ayub Khan was out of the country.[3] In addition, two acting presidents have been in office in recent history for short periods of time: Wasim Sajjad and Muhammad Mian Soomro. Sajjad served as acting president on two non-consecutive occasions in 1993 and 1997–98 respectively.[4]

Acting presidents[edit]

No Portrait Name

(Birth–Death)

Took office Left office Political party
Islamic Republic of Pakistan (1956-)
A black and white portrait of Iskander Mirza Iskander Mirza (1899–1969) 23 March 1956 23 March 1956 Republican Party
Abdul Wahab Khan

(1898–1972)

7 October 1958 7 October 1958 Independent
Feroz Khan Noon

(1898–1970)

7 October 1958 8 October 1958 Independent
Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani (1898–1976) 8 October 1958 8 October 1958 Independent
Abdul Qayyum Khan

(1901–1981)

8 October 1958 8 October 1958 Independent
Asghar Khan

(1921–2018)

8 October 1958 15 October 1958 Independent
Iskander Mirza (1899–1969) 27 October 1958 27 October 1958 Independent
Mohammad Afzal Cheema

(1913–2008)

9 September

1962

29 November 1963 Independent
Fazlul Qadir Chaudhry

( 1919–1973)

29 November 1963 1 January 1965 Armed Forces 
Fatima Jinnah

( 1893–1967)

1 January 1965 30 January 1965 Independent
Fazlul Qadir Chaudhry

( 1919–1973)

30 January 1965 12 June 1965 Armed Forces
Musa Khan

( 1908–1991)

12 June 1965 12 June 1965 Armed Forces
A black and white portrait of Ayub Khan Ayub Khan(1907–1974) 12 June 1965 31 March 1969 Pakistan Muslim League (C)
Fatima Jinnah

( 1893–1967)

1 July 1967 9 July 1967 Independent
A portrait of Yahya Khan Yahya Khan(1917–1980) 31 March 1969 31 March 1969 Armed Forces 
Gul Hassan Khan

(1921–1999)

2 December 1971 5 December 1971 Armed Forces
Abdul Hamid Khan

(1917—1999)

5 December 1971 5 December 1971 Armed Forces
Nurul Amin

(1893–1974)

21 April 1972 21 April 1972 Pakistan Peoples Party
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

(1928–1979)

21 April 1972 14 August 1973 Pakistan Peoples Party
Tikka Khan

(1904–1982)

1 March 1976 30 March 1976 Armed Forces
Fazal E Ch.jpg Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry

(1904–1982)

30 March 1976 20 April 1978 Pakistan Peoples Party
Sheikh Anwarul Haq(1917–1995) 20 April 1978 7 May 1978 Pakistan Peoples Party
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (Pakistan president).jpg Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq(1924–1988) 16 September 1978 17 August 1988  —
Ghulam Ishaq Khan

(1915–2006)

17 August 1988 17 August 1988 Independent
Mirza Aslam Beg

(1931—)

17 August 1988 19 August 1988 Armed Forces
Asif Nawaz Janjua

(1937– 1933)

19 August 1988 22 August 1988 Armed Forces
State emblem of Pakistan.svg Wasim Sajjad(1941– ) 18 July 1993 1 November 1993 Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Abdul Waheed Kakar

(1937—)

1 November 1993 12 November 1993 Armed Forces
Farooq Leghari(1940–2010) 14 November 1993 1 July 1995 Pakistan Peoples Party
Benazir Bhutto

(1953 – 2007)

1 July 1995 10 July 1995 Pakistan Peoples Party
Zahirul Islam Abbasi

(1943—2009)

10 July 1995 10 July 1995 Armed Forces
Ali Kuli Khan Khattak

(1942 —)

11 July 1995 13 July 1995 Armed Forces
Jehangir Karamat

(1941—)

13 July 1995 14 July 1995 Armed Forces
Muhammad Mian Soomro.jpg Muhammad Mian Soomro(1950– ) 18 August 2008 1 September 2008 Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Fahmida Mirza (1956) 1 September 2008 3 September 2008 Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Chaudhry Amir Hussain

(1942 – )

3 September 2008 4 September 2008 Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Raheel Sharif

(born 1956)

1 September 2012 5 September 2012 Pakistan Peoples Party
Ayaz Sadiq

(1951– )

9 November 2015 9 November 2015 Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Asad Qaiser

(1969– )

9 September 2019 9 September 2019 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

See also[edit]

  • Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Vice President of Pakistan
  • Governor General of Pakistan
  • President of Pakistan
  • List of Presidents of Pakistan

References[edit]

  1. "Constitution of Pakistan of 1956" (PDF). National Assembly of Pakistan. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  2. "The Constitution of 1973". Story of Pakistan. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  3. Parliamentary Debates: Official Report. National Assembly of Pakistan. 1 August 1973. p. 7. Mr. Fazlul Qadir Choudhry upheld the finest traditions of his office and conducted the proceedings of the Assembly with great sagacity and firm adherence to the rules of procedure of the Assembly. He also acted for a short while as President of Pakistan. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. "Profile of Mr. Wasim Sajjad". Story of Pakistan. 1 June 2003. Retrieved 16 January 2013.


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