Qamar Zaman Kaira
|Qamar Zaman Kaira|
|Minister of Information and Mass-Media Broadcasting|
18 April 2012 – 16 March 2013
|President||Asif Ali Zardari|
|Prime Minister||Raja Pervez Ashraf
Yousaf Raza Gillani
14 March 2009 – 9 February 2011
|Preceded by||Sherry Rehman|
|Succeeded by||Firdous Ashik Avan|
|Minister of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas|
31 March 2008 – 9 February 2011
Asif Ali Zardari
|Prime Minister||Yousaf Raza Gillani|
|Preceded by||Manzour Vatto|
|Succeeded by||Shukatullah Khan|
|Governor of Gilgit–Baltistan|
16 September 2009 – 22 March 2010
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Dr. Shama Khalid|
|Born||Qamar Zaman Kaira
5 January 1950
Lalamusa, Punjab Province, West-Pakistan
|Political party||Pakistan Peoples Party|
|Alma mater||Forman Christian University
University of Punjab
Before heading the ministry of Information, Kaira was the minister of the ministry of Kashmir and Northern Areas and later ascended as acting Governor of Gilgit–Baltistan in 2009. His career in the national politics started in 2002 on a platform of Pakistan Peoples Party and has pioneered many articles on political philosophy while at same time, raised voice for the democracy in the country. After succeeding Sherry Rehman as minister of information in 2009, he lost his ministry in 2011 to Firdous Ashik Avan. However, in 2012, he was again reappointed in the ministry of information after a cabinet reshuffle.
Kaira was born in Lalamusa, one of the most populous and dense areas of Punjab Province of Pakistan, on 5 January 1960. His caste is Gujjar and his family has practised Sunni principles of Islam.He came from a political family.
After attending a local high school, Kaira matriculated and passied intermediate college testing examinations. After attending a F.G. Community College at Kharian Military District, Kaira made college transfer to Forman Christian University. At there, Kaira enrolled in the Department of Philosophy and earned BA in Philosophy from Forman Christian University in 1983. Kaira later applied for a Graduate school of the University of Punjab to resume his higher education. In 1985, Kaira wrote his thesis for the double master's degrees and subsequently obtained MA in Philosophy of Politics and MS in Political science from the Punjab University.
Kaira was elected to the National Assembly and became a minister in the coalition government of PPP, ANP, MQM and JUI-F formed after 2008 elections. He is a senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, having won from his local constituency in Gujrat. He was selected to the office of Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas on 31 March 2008, and was given the additional office of Federal Minister for Information on 14 March 2009.
In 2009 on Independence Day, Kaira praised the people of Malakand for their struggle against terrorism saying, "I salute your courage. Your spirit is very high and with unity, we would defeat the elements that are against the progress, peace and stability of our beloved country".
In May 2012, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that no one can challenge the ruling of speaker on the eligibility of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
Other positions held
- President, Student Union, Federal Government Degree College, Kharian Cantt
- Nazim, Union Council Lala Musa
- Opposition Leader District Council Gujrat
- Member National Assembly 2002–2007
- Member public Accounts Committee, National Assembly 2002–2007
- Chairman Standing Committee SAFRON 2002–2007
- Member National Assembly on 17 March 2008
He lost his MNA seat in 2013 and faced a defeat.
- Govt. Pakistan. "Minister for Information & Broadcasting". Government of Pakistan. Ministry of Information and Mass-Media Broadcasting. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- "Kaira gets Information Ministry portfolio"
- "Kaira takes oath as acting governor" Dawn
- PLDB. "Qamar uz Zaman Kaira". Pakistan leadersonline database. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- "Government won’t allow terrorists breathing space", Daily Times
- No one can challenge ruling of Speaker: Kaira, Geo News Pakistan, 31 May 2012