Senator Mushahid Hussain is an elected Senator from Pakistan’s Federal Capital, Islamabad. He is currently Chairman, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. He has been Minister for Information, Tourism & Culture, Journalist, university teacher and political analyst. He has a Master’s degree from the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC.
He is founding Chairman, Pakistan-China Institute, the first think-tank in Pakistan devoted to Pakistan-China relations and relations with the region. He is also Vice Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), the biggest organisation of political parties of Asia. He led Pakistan’s Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in 1993, and after the military coup of 1999, Amnesty International declared him a ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ for his illegal detention of 440 days, including a period in solitary confinement. He also served as the youngest Editor of a major Pakistani national daily, ‘The Muslim’, which was respected for its independent positions during the 1980s Martial Law.