Babar Awan – a profile


ISLAMABAD – Dr Babar Awan resigned as Law Minister here on Wednesday, a fact he disclosed this while appearing before a three-member bench of the Supreme Court in the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference case. Following is the biodata of Dr Awan:
Dr Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan was born on January 27, 1957 and was elected unopposed as member of the Senate in March 2006 on the ticket of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He is a leading practising lawyer and a member of the PPP Central Executive Committee. He was made federal minister for parliamentary affairs and after that he was given charge as federal law minister.
He was also inducted again in the Federal Cabinet early this year as federal minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs. He was also given charge as federal minister for information technology recently. Dr Awan was a student activist as a youngster and was also the president of his college council. He completed his four year long Sharia Law course in Saudi Arabia. He has also done BA and LLB. He is a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court. He first came to the limelight in the 1990′s when the second Benazir government was ousted and several leading PPP figures were implicated in corruption cases soon afterwards.
When the military government of Pervez Musharaf took over, Awan represented several politicians implicated in various cases by the National Accountability Bureau. Dr Awan was in the vicinity of the first Karachi bomb attack on the van of the former premier late Benazir Bhutto, and was also not too far from the site of the second blast, which killed Benazir. Dr Awan is considered an expert in criminal law, especially murder cases, but he also deals with politically-motivated corruption cases as well as corporate and financial cases.