Mr. Mohammedmian Soomro, Chairman Senate of Pakistan, meeting the
terms of the Constitution, has taken over as Acting President of Pakistan, after
the office of President fell vacant on the resignation of General Pervez
Musharraf on August 18, 2008. Mr. Soomro comes from a renowned political family
of Sindh, which has been active in public life since 1920s. His father, late
Ahmed Mian Soomro, was a seasoned parliamentarian, who became Deputy Speaker of
the West Pakistan Assembly and a member of the Senate of Pakistan, and helped
establish the Senate Committees systems there.
Born on August19, 1950, Mr. Mohammedmian Soomro earned a B.Sc. degree
with distinction from the Forman Christian College, Lahore. He obtained Masterís
in Physics from the Punjab University, Lahore, followed by another Masterís in
Operations Management from the Northrop University, USA.
Starting his career as banker, Mr. Mohammedmian Soomro held various important
positions both at home and abroad in national and international organizations
such as Bank of America. He has also been General Manager and Chief Executive
Officer of International Bank of Yemen, and Faysal Islamic Bank of Bahrain, and
of Muslim Commercial Bank, Agriculture Development Bank, Federal Bank of
Cooperatives and National Bank of Pakistan. He won wide recognition for his
achievements during his stint with these organizations. He was instrumental in
the establishment of microcredit banking in Pakistan.
Being the head of the large Soomro tribe, he is known for his strong
interpersonal and leadership skills. He has been abreast with national and
socio-political issues and has had a vast exposure of political life since his
Mr. Soomro's public service role started with his appointment as Governor of
Sindh province on May 25, 2000. During the tenure, he took a number of steps to
bring about financial and administrative discipline, as well as to accelerate
the pace of economic development in the province and produce a meaningful
improvement in the life of the general populace. During his governorship the
province witnessed stability and ethnic harmony. Merit, transparency and good
governance were the hallmarks of his administration. This was acknowledged by
the international donors when under his leadership Sindh became the first
province in South Asia to be funded directly by the World Bank for restructuring
Mr. Soomro resigned from the office of Sindh Governor on December 26, 2002
to contest the Senate elections. He was elected as a Senator on February 24,
2003 and was subsequently elected as Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan on March
12, 2003 for a three years term. He was re-elected Chairman Senate on March 12,
2006 for the second consecutive term.
Lately, Mr. Soomro was the Acting Prime Minister of Pakistan from November 15,
2007 to March 25, 2008 when he headed the interim government that successfully
conducted the general election in the country on February18, 2008.