Farhatullah Babar

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Farhatullah Babar
Spokesperson of Presidential Office
In office
9 September 2008 – 9 September 2013
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded byMajor-General Rashid Qureshi
MajorityPakistan Peoples Party
President of Pakistan Engineering Council
In office
Personal details
Farhatullah Babar

Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province (now-Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, West-Pakistan (present-day Pakistan)
Political partyPakistan Peoples Party
ResidenceIslamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory
Alma materUniversity of Engineering and Technology of Peshawar
(BEng and MEng)
University of Peshawar
(BA and MA)
ProfessionChemical Engineer
CabinetGovernment of Yousaf Raza Gillani
FieldsChemical Engineering
InstitutionsPakistan Engineering Council (PEC)
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)

Farhatullah Babar (Urdu: فرحت اللہ بابر‎) is a Pakistani technocrat, left-wing politician, chemical engineer, and former press secretary of the former President Asif Zardari.

Prior to this appointment, Babar was the senator of Pakistan Peoples Party for the Senate from 2003 till 2006; he earned public limelight after giving criticism to the government Prime minister Shaukat Aziz and President Pervez Musharraf. He is also an influential engineering figure and previously served as the president of Pakistan Engineering Council for a decade, known for improving the engineering practices in the country.


Babar earned BE in chemical engineering in 1965, and followed that by his ME in chemical engineering, in 1967, from University of Engineering and Technology of Peshawar. In 1981, he did a one-year-long course in French Language and received a diploma in 1981.

As an engineer[edit]

After graduation from UET Peshawar in engineering, Babar joined the engineering he Pakistani scientist that they would have to defend themselves in any eventuality which becomes too hot to handle for the government."

Petitions for disqualification[edit]

On 17 September 2007, Benazir Bhutto accused Pervez Musharraf's allies of pushing Pakistan to crisis by refusal to restore democracy and share power. A nine-member panel of Supreme Court judges deliberated on 6 petitions (including Jamaat-e-Islami's, Pakistan's largest Islamic group) for disqualification of Musharraf as presidential candidate. Bhutto stated that her party may join other opposition groups, including Nawaz Sharif's. Attorney General of Pakistan Malik Mohammed Qayyum stated that, pendente lite, the Election Commission was "reluctant" to announce the schedule for the presidential vote. Bhutto's party's Farhatullah Babar stated that the Constitution could bar Musharraf from being elected again because he holds the army chief's post. "As Gen. Musharraf is disqualified from contesting for President, he has prevailed upon the Election Commission to arbitrarily and illegally tamper with the Constitution of Pakistan."[1]


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