Dr. Zaheer-ud-din Babar awan born 27 January 1957 is a senator in Pakistans upper House , he is a leading practising lawyer and a member of Pakistan Peoples Party Central Executive Committee. Babar Awan won the Senate election in 2006 unopposed on the ticket of PPPP which was a parliamentry name of Benazirs PPP.
Born in a Village called Hothla near Kahuta (Rawalpindi). Awan belonged to a middle class family. He spent some time in the Middle East mainly Saudi Arabia , Qatar and Kuwait and is a fluent Arabic speaker.
He has done a 4 year long Sharia Law course in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is also a senior advocate of Supreme Court. He has done several leadership courses in England and the United States of America.
Babar Awan as an Islamic scholar
He has done courses about Islamic Jurisprudence from Saudi Arabia. He has had the opportunity to speak at many international forums.
He was a student leader in his student life. He first joined the PML-Junejo of Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Khan Junejo. In 1996, he joined the Pakistan People’s Party.
Election 1997 & 2002
In 1997 Awan contested in the General Elections from Murree from the PPP, he was unsuccessful. He ran again in 2002Islamabad but was defeated again.
Finance secretary of the Pakistan People’s Party
In 2004 Benazir Bhutto appointed Awan as the finance secretary of the Pakistan People’s Party.
Senate Election March 2006
In 2006 Awan contested the Senate Election and was elected unopposed.
Benazir Bhutto’s assassination attempts
Awan was present on 19 October attack on Benazir Bhutto and then when Benazir Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi.
Loyal PPP activist
Babar Awan was Benazir’s speech writer and her negotiating link while she was in Dubai. She dubbed him as a younger brother. He was tipped to be senior minister had she been alive and in power. Awan has been arrested several time in Nawaz Sharif’s reign and in Pervez Musharraf’s reign. In November 2004, Awan was hit in the head by a gas shell. The scar is still prominent on his forehead. He was put under house arrest in 2007.
Military government of Musharaf
When military government of Musharaf took over an accountability body NAB it carried out further so called cleansing but it often ending up with victimization of politicians who did not cooperate with Musharaf for his undemocratic credentials.
Over a period of time a huge collection of varied political leadership involving everybody not cooperating with Musharraf were implicated .This list was long and included the former chief minister of Punjab Manzoor Watoo current PPP co-chairperson asif Zardari the personal secretary of Benazir Bhutto Nahid Khans husband and civil servants as Salman Farooqui who all used Dr.Babar Awans legal skills and oratory to good effect .
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs & Federal Minister of Law
He was appointed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in November, 2008. He was elevated as Law Minister in December 2009.