Senator, Senate of Pakistan
Senator Mushahid Hussain is the Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee. He has been a Cabinet Minister, journalist, university teacher and political analyst. After the 1999 military coup in Pakistan, he was held without charge as a political prisoner for 440 days, including a period in solitary imprisonment. Amnesty International declared him a ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ making him the first such Pakistani to be so honored. He has a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University, Washington. At age 29, he became the youngest Editor of an English national daily “The Muslim”. He has written extensively on civil-military relations and governance issues. In 1984, as Editor of ‘The Muslim’, he organized the first ever Pakistan-India Track-II in Islamabad. He was the first-ever Pakistani journalist to publish syndicated columns in the Indian media including the Times of India, The Hindustan Time and The Telegraph. He is the founding Chairman, Pakistan-China Institute, the first think-tank in Pakistan devoted to Pakistan-China relations. In October 2016, he was sent as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister on Kashmir to the United States and the United Nations.