Qamar Zaman Kaira (Urdu: قمر زمان کائرہ; 5 January 1960) is the former Minister of Information and Mass-Media Broadcasting in the Government of Pakistan. He is advisor to current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
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 and raised a voice for democracy in the country. After succeeding Sherry Rehman as minister of information in 2009, he lost his ministry in 2011 to Firdous Ashiq Awan. However, in 2012, he was again reappointed in the ministry of information after a cabinet reshuffle. His son Osama Zaman Kaira died in a road accident on 17 May 2019 in Lala Musa in an attempt to save a motorcyclist, losing control of the car and crashing into a nearby tree. He was laid to rest on 18 May in the same city.
After attending a local high school, Kaira matriculated and passed intermediate college testing examinations. After attending a F.G. Community College at Kharian Military District, Kaira made college transfer to Forman Christian University. There he enrolled in the Department of Philosophy and earned a 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 double master's degrees and subsequently obtained an MA in philosophy of politics and an 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 the 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.
Other positions heldEdit
- "Kaira takes oath as acting governor" Archived 22 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine Dawn
- "Qamar Zaman Kaira's son laid to rest in Lalamusa". Express Tribune.[full citation needed]
- PLDB. "Qamar uz Zaman Kaira". Pakistan leadersonline database. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- Govt. Pakistan. "Minister for Information & Broadcasting". Government of Pakistan. Ministry of Information and Mass-Media Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2012.