LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Mushahid Hussain’s past came back to haunt him as the Supreme Court fixed June 7 (Thursday) for hearing a suo motu case filed upon a letter sent by the senator in 2014 seeking top court’s intervention in Islamabad’s Metro Bus Project.
Interestingly, the PML-N senator was then secretary-general of PML-Quaid when he had written a letter to the top court seeking a suo motu notice of a project “that would destroy green belts on two Islamabad avenues to make way for the planned metro bus service”.
In 2014, Mushahid Hussain had requested the top court’s intervention after a story published in local media outlet claimed that the route-alignment for the metro bus would destroy the green belts on sides of the two major avenues of the federal capital. The report also suggested that the route alignments were in violation of Islamabad’s master plan.
In 1997, Mushahid played a crucial role in managing the public relations of the election campaign of Nawaz Sharif in general elections. He was also elected as a member of National Assembly from the platform of PML-N and also served as the information minister in Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet.
In 1999, then Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General (r) Pervez Musharraf staged a martial law, and placed Hussain on trial that sentenced him to solitary confinement on a conspiracy of treason; he was declared as the prisoner of conscience.
However, in 2003, Mushahid reached a deal with Musharraf, changing loyalties to join PML-Q. He became an outspoken member of the party, becoming secretary-general of PML-Q. After the resignation of then president Pervez Musharraf, Hussain earned the nomination from the PML-Q to run his presidential campaign during the presidential election held in 2008. Hussain eventually lost the presidential elections.
In 2018, he rejoined PML-N and was elected as a senator from Islamabad in the May elections for the upper house.