Wasim Sajjad

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Wasim Sajjad

Wasim Sajjad (b. March 30, 1941) was President of Pakistan on two occasions, serving as interim President prior to elections.

Sajjad was born on March 30, 1941 in Jalandhar, Punjab (Now in India). His father was a justice, and he would follow in his footsteps, becoming a lawyer, and attending Oxford University.

His political career began in the 1980s when he was elected to the Pakistani Senate. He moved up to Chairman of the Senate, and served his first term as President in 1993, following the resignation of Ghulam Ishaq Khan. As interim president, Sajjad was essentially a placeholder for the office until elections were completed. He would run in the election for President, but was defeated by Farooq Leghari. In 1997, Sajjad was again made interim President and stepped down upon the election of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar.

Sajjad continues to serve in the Pakistani government, and is known for his conciliatory nature among parties.


Preceded by:
Ghulam Ishaq Khan
President of Pakistan
First Term

Succeeded by:
Farooq Leghari
Preceded by:
Farooq Leghari
President of Pakistan
Second Term

Succeeded by:
Muhammad Rafiq Tarar

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