Atta Tarar is a Pakistani politician and lawyer who serves as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), a major political party in Pakistan. He is also the grandson of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, who was the ninth president of Pakistan from 1998 to 2001.
He has served as the special assistant to the prime minister of Pakistan on interior and legal affairs, the spokesperson of the Punjab government, and the home minister of Punjab.
He has a degree in law from the University of London and has been involved in various legal and political campaigns.
Atta Tarar Early Life and Education
Tarar was born on June 1, 1973 in Lahore, Pakistan, to Muhammad Farooq Tarar, a businessman and politician. He is a member of the Tarar clan, a Punjabi Jat tribe that has a history of political and social activism.
His paternal grandfather, Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, was a lawyer and judge who became the president of Pakistan from 1998 to 2001. His aunt, Saira Afzal Tarar, is also a politician and former federal minister. His younger brother, Bilal Farooq Tarar, was a member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly from 2018 to 2023.
Tarar received his primary and secondary education from Lahore. He was interested in politics and law from a young age, and was influenced by his grandfather and other family members.
He also participated in various political and social campaigns, such as the Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam, a religious and nationalist movement that opposed British colonial rule. He developed a passion for human rights and democracy, and a sense of loyalty and service to his country.
Tarar pursued his higher education from the University of London, where he obtained an LLB (Hons) degree. He studied law and learned about the legal systems and principles of different countries. He also gained exposure to diverse cultures and perspectives, and enhanced his communication and analytical skills.
He returned to Pakistan and started his legal practice, specializing in constitutional and civil law. He also joined the Pakistan Muslim League (N), and became one of its key leaders and spokespersons.
Atta Tarar Career and Achievements
Atta Tarar is a prominent Pakistani politician and lawyer who currently holds the position of Deputy Secretary-General of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), a significant political party in Pakistan. Throughout his career, he has occupied numerous roles within both federal and provincial governments, including special assistant to the prime minister, spokesperson for the Punjab government, and home minister of Punjab.
Tarar started his career as a lawyer, soon after completing his LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London. He enrolled as an advocate in the Lahore High Court and specialized in constitutional and civil law. He also joined the PML-N and became one of its key leaders and spokespersons.
He established himself as a loyal and trusted aide of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister and the president of the PML-N. He also became a close associate of Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shehbaz, the younger brother and the son of Nawaz Sharif, respectively.
Tarar entered the political arena in 2022, when he was elected as a senator from Punjab. He was also nominated as the presidential candidate by the PML-N, but his nomination paper was rejected by the Acting Chief Election Commissioner. He challenged his rejection in the Lahore High Court and won the case.
He was then elected as the President of Pakistan in the presidential election by a margin of 374 out of 457 votes of the Electoral College. He assumed office in January 1998, with heavy criticism from the opposition, especially from Benazir Bhutto, who accused him of illegally legitimizing the dismissal of her government as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
As the head of state, Tarar shifted Pakistan’s system of government from semi-presidential system to parliamentary democratic system by signing the Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment. He surrendered his reserve power of dismissing the prime minister, triggering new elections and dissolving the National Assembly. He also supported the nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan in May 1998, in response to India’s nuclear tests.
He also played a role in the Kargil War of 1999, which resulted in a military standoff between Pakistan and India. He also faced a coup d’état by Pervez Musharraf, the then army chief, who ousted Nawaz Sharif and declared himself as the chief executive of Pakistan. Tarar remained as a ceremonial president until June 2001, when he resigned under pressure from Musharraf.
After his resignation, Tarar resumed his legal and political activities. He defended Nawaz Sharif and his family in various cases, such as the Panama Papers case, the Avenfield reference case, and the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case. He also campaigned for the PML-N in various elections, such as the 2018 general election and the 2023 Senate election.
He also participated in various protests and rallies against the incumbent government of Imran Khan and the alleged role of the military establishment in the political affairs of the country. He also advocated for the restoration of democracy, the rule of law, and the supremacy of the constitution in Pakistan.
Atta Tarar Net Worth
According to the web, Atta Tarar is estimated to have a net worth of $10 million as of 2024.
Atta Tarar Social Media Handles
Atta Tarar is active on various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here are some of his social media handles:
- Facebook: Attaullah Tarar
- Twitter: @TararAttaullah
- Instagram: @atta_tarar