Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain endorsed and provided his vital support to appoint his lifelong friend Zafarullah Khan Jamali as country's first Baloch prime minister. Previously, he also played a vital role in bringing the role of Shaukat Aziz in national politics. However, in 2004, Jamali lost his trust and his relations with the prime minister soured that subsequently ended in resignation of Jamali.
Chaudhry Shujaat telling Anatol Lieven, 2008, “The military and ISI will only support and go with you as long as enough of the people are with you.... They (military) are like a horse that carries you "Only" as long as you have strength in your legs....”
After Jamali's resignation, Shujaat Husain nominated Economic minister Shaukat Aziz for the office of Prime minister Shujaat temporarily took over the office of Prime minister, but due to member of Senate Aziz had been unable to be elected. The media noted that Hussain was probably only warming the seat for Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz who would wait to get elected to the National Assembly, although he was a member of the Upper House and for that reason, barred from prime ministerial ship according to Constitution, before taking up the post.
At the Parliament, Hussain told the media journalists that his election to the National Assembly and later as the Prime Minister was "not an interim appointment" but in keeping with the Constitution. In an interview, Shujaat Hussain quoted: "My nomination by Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and nomination of Shaukat Aziz after consulting the President were in line with the set traditions. There should be no hue and cry over such technicalities."
On 23 August 2004, Hussain transfer and handed over the office of prime minister to Shaukat Aziz after successfully being elected from his constituency, though Hussain remains the party president of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q).
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain was born on 27 January 1946 in Gujrat.he was a jatt of waraich clan., Gujrat District of former British Indian Empire. His ancestors hailing from rural Gujrat and had no initial political background. His father, Zahoor Elahi was a junior constable in Punjab Police but quit the police service in order to establish a cotton mill. His family lost a cotton mill as a result ofIndian partition but re-established the mill in Gujrat after the establishment of Pakistan in 1947. His father first contested in 1954 elections and elected a local union Councillor of the Gujrat District. After attending public schools in Gujrat, Hussain matriculated, and was accepted at the Forman Christian College University. In 1962, Hussain attended the Forman Christian College University and graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration in 1965 and enrolled in master's programme of University of Punjab in 1965. In 1967, Hussain gained MA in Industrial management, and forwarded to United Kingdom to continue his studies.
Upon returning to Pakistan, Hussain joined the family industrial conglomerate comprising industrial units in textiles, sugar, flour milling and agricultural farms in 1969. By this time, Hussain's family had become a potent industrial oligarchs and had significant influence on Presidents Ayub Khan and General Yahya Khan.
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain entered in the national politics after the assassination of his father, and emerged with the Pakistan Muslim League rooted from Punjab Province. After participating in a local-body elections, Hussain became a Member of the Parliament in 1981 and, subsequently joining the Punjab government’s Financial department. He participated and campaign successfully in non-partisan 1985 general elections for an industrial seat, although he maintains ties with PML. His contest in the general election from Gujrat included for both seats for the National Assembly and provincial Punjab Assembly. After the elections he had to vacate his Punjab Assembly seat in favour of the National Assembly seat.
He was inherited the power mantle by his father and became a crucial power broker in the far-right regime of chief of army staff and president general Zia-ul-Haq. Hussain benefited with general Zia’s economic policies, along with Sharif, prospered well enough. Hussain invest a large sum of money in industrial firms, notably associated with defence production and mills, and bought industrial Stocks at Karachi Stock Exchange, which benefited him and his assets at an increasing level of wealth.
After participating in 1985 general elections, Hussain joined the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo as the minister of the Ministry of Industry, and held additional ministerial portfolio of Ministry of Information and Mass-media Broadcasting in 1986; and Ministry of Defence Production in 1987-88.
Chaudhry Shujaat was an active political leader, heading the Parliamentary Party of Joint Opposition in the National Assembly from 1988 to 1990. After the 1990 general elections and 1997 elections, Chaudhry Shujaat served as the Internal minister of the Interior ministry and served as one of high-profile cabinet member of Prime minister Nawaz Sharif who appointed Shujaat as the President of the PML-N in Punjab from 1997 to 1999 However, Hussain mounted serious disagreement and confronted Nawaz Sharif after Sharif imposing economic emergency in 1998, and took control of the Karachi Stock Exchange. Hussain’s relations became extremely hostile during the Kargil war and claiming that Sharif had been briefed by chief of army staff general Pervez Musharraf six times as opposed to Sharif claiming not having a “knowledge”. He remains supported the 1999 coup d’état and backed the military for removing the Prime minister from the power.
After the coup, Hussain did not join the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), a splinter group of PML. In 2001, Hussain decided to defect to PML(Q) after Sharif was exiled to Saudi Arabia in 2000 and contested from Gujrat through the PML(Q) platform during the 2002 general elections. Initially, Hussain became parliamentary party leader in the National Assembly, but assumed the presidency of the party when the party’s founder Mian Muhammad Azhar resigned from the party. On January 2003, Shujaat was nominated and assumed the party’s presidency after succeeding Mian Muhammad Azhar on a party convention.