Qamar Zaman Kaira (Urdu: قمر زمان کائرہ; 5 January 1960) was the minister of information and mass-media broadcasting in the Government of Pakistan, formerly led by Yousaf Raza Gillani.
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.
Kaira was born in Lalamusa, DISTT Gujrat, Pakistan|Punjab Province]] of Pakistan, on 5 January 1960. He belongs to Kaira tribe of Gujjars and his family has practised Sunni principles of Islam. He came from a political family.
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 a 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.
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 said that no one can challenge the ruling of speaker on the eligibility of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.1st Governor of Gilgit Baltistan
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan
Minister for Information Media and BroadCasting
President, Student Union, Federal Government Degree College, Kharian Cantt
Nazim, Union Council Lala Musa
Opposition Leader District Council Gujrat
Member National Assembley 1997–1999
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.