Sources said Mr Hussain was offered by the interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso to take over the portfolio of ministry of information and broadcasting in the caretaker government.
But Mr Hussain excused to become a part of the caretaker setup.
“Our job as journalists is to criticise, critique and analyse,” The Express Tribune quoted him as saying.
“And if you become a minister, and especially information minister, then your job is to defend, protect and even hide damaging facts. Clearly, there is a conflict of interest.”
Another senior journalist of Jang group praised Mr Hussain’s decision.
“Government offices and positions are not meant for journalists. If they start running after attractive jobs and positions, then who will practise journalism?” asked Abbasi.
“It is our misfortune that certain people, who use journalism to cater to their political goals, have gained popularity,” he said.
Earlier this week, Geo TV journalist Najam Sethi was made interim chief minister of Punjab and was criticised by the journalist community.