Moinuddin Haider

Moinuddin Haider, HI(M) (Urdu: معین الدین حیدر ; born 5 June 1942) is a retired lieutenant general of the Pakistan Army, who after retirement served as the Governor of Sindh and then as the Interior Minister of Pakistan.

Moinuddin haider معین الدین حیدر
30th Minister of Interior
In office
6 November 1999 – 23 November 2002
PresidentGeneral Pervez Musharraf
Preceded byShujaat Hussain
Succeeded byFaisal Saleh Hayat
Governor of Sindh
In office
17 March 1997 – 17 June 1999
PresidentRafiq Tarar
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byKamaluddin Azfar
Succeeded byMamnoon Hussain
Personal details
Born (1942-06-05) 5 June 1942 (age 80)
Delhi, British India
Nationality Pakistan
ChildrenCaptain Noman Uddin Haider, Asma Haider
Residence(s)Karachi, Pakistan
Alma materPAF College Lower Topa
Royal College of Defence Studies
CommitteesChairman Fatimid Foundation[1]
Member Pildat
AwardsHilal-i-Imtiaz (Military)
Military service
Allegiance Pakistan
Branch/service Pakistan Army
Years of service1962 - 1997
RankOF-8 PakistanArmy.svg US-O9 insignia.svg Lt. Gen.
UnitF.F. Regiment
Commands33rd Infantry Division, Quetta
Deputy Chief of General Staff (DCGS)
Adjutant General (AG)
IV Corps
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971

Army careerEdit

Haider was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 1962 first in the 26th PMA Long Course in the Frontier Force Regiment.[citation needed] He earned his master's degree in defence studies from Royal College of Defence Studies, Seaford House, UK, and was the first Pakistani to get his thesis published in Seaford House Papers.[citation needed]

He saw action in the 1965 and the 1971 Indo-Pak wars. He served as instructor at PMA from 1967 to 1970.[citation needed] He commanded a reconnaissance and support battalion twice in 1975–77 and in 1981–82. Later he was head of Pakistan Mutual Cooperation Group in Somalia from 1978 to 1981. Subsequently, he served as GSO-I operations and colonel staff in an infantry division.[citation needed]

Senior command and staff appointmentsEdit

Promoted to brigadier in 1983, he left for the UK to attend Royal College of Defence Studies course in 1984 and was the first Pakistani officer whose thesis was published in Seaford House papers. He was appointed director military training at GHQ in 1986 and was closely associated with planning of Zarb-e-Momin.

As a two-star, Haider commanded the 33rd Infantry Division at Quetta from 1989 to 1991. He then stayed as the Deputy Chief of General Staff (DCGS) at the GHQ from 1991 to 1993.[citation needed] After becoming a three-star general, he first served as the adjutant general (AG) from 1993 to 1996, and then as the Corps Commander Lahore from 1996 to 1997.[citation needed]

Government serviceEdit

After retirement in March 1997, he was installed as the governor of Sindh province by the Nawaz Sharif government.[citation needed] He continued to serve as the governor until June 1999 when he was replaced by Mamnoon Hussain. At the onset of military coup in October 1999, General Pervez Musharraf, a junior to Haider as he belonged to 29th PMA Long Course, put Haider as the Interior Minister of Pakistan.[citation needed] He continued to lead the powerful ministry till the 2002 October elections, when Faisal Saleh Hayat replaced him. During his time as Interior Minister he was very involved in hunting down and bringing to justice the killers of American Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.[citation needed]

Moinuddin Haider is the graduate of PAF Public School Lower Topa and is the current patron in chief of the Lower Topa Old Boys Association (LOBA).[2] He is married and has three children.[citation needed]


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Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Sindh
Succeeded by
Preceded by Interior Minister of Pakistan
Succeeded by