Babar Awan was born on January 27, 1957 in Hothla; a village near Kahuta, Rawalpindi. He belongs to the Awan tribe with a strong political stand in that region.
Born in a middle-class family, he has spent some time in the Middle East and is a fluent Arabic-speaker with a firm base in matters of Islamic jurisprudence. Also having a good command over both Urdu and English languages, Awan is perhaps the best orator in the PPP top brass.
He is a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court and is considered to be an expert in criminal law. His firm; Babar Awan Law Company specialises in politically-motivated corruption cases as well as corporate and financial cases.
Babar Awan was an active reformer throughout his academic life. He was the activist with Islami Jamiat Talba and Pakistan Muslim League. He also served as the president of his college.
He joined the Pakistan Peoples Party in 1996. His first mainstream political endeavor came right after Benazir Bhutto’s second government toppled. Nawaz Sharif indicted countless PPP’s senators on charges of corruption and money laundering and most of them contacted Babar Awan to serve as their advocate. It was a tough time for PPP and many lawyers refrained from having any contact with the indicted politicians.