ISLAMABAD (APP) - Renow-ned politician and lawyer Senator Dr Babar Awan has been nominated Vice President of Pakistan Peoples Party.

The notification in this regard was issued on Thursday after the approval by Co-Chairman PPP President Asif Ali Zardari. Babar Awan, a writer of several books and a respected orator, was made member of Central Executive Committee of the party in 1997 by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Later, he was also nominated as Coordinator of International Affairs Wing of the party in 1999. He held the office of Central Finance Secretary of the Party in 2000 while he was awarded the ticket of National Assembly during general elections 2002. He became Senator in 2005 on the only seat of PPP from Punjab and proved himself as an established legislator.  

Being a lawyer, he defended several cases against Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari. He also remained counsel of Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto and Assefa Bhutto in the case of Peoples’ Foundation.

Babar Awan is considered as a highly popular and trusted leader in PPP who voluntarily tendered his resignation from the portfolios of Minister of Law and Justice, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Information Technology to plead ZA Bhutto reference sent to Supreme Court by President Zardari.

He has also been defending successfully the constitutional and political affairs of the party for the last two decades and was appreciated by PPP workers for his commitment to political thoughts of Bhutto and his perception about class division and economic inequalities.

At a time when the government and the PPP was in dire need of its defence in view of controversies, appointment of Babar Awan as Vice President of the party has encouraged party workers.

His elevation to the prestigious office of Vice President has also sent a wave of happiness among the workers of PPP who have congratulated him and wished well to disseminate his duties to the aspirations of the party and workers.