Yousuf Raza Gilani

Yousuf Raza GilaniYousuf Raza Gilani (Saraiki, Urdu: یوسف رضا گیلانی; Born on June 9, 1952) is the 16th and current Prime minister of Pakistan and the vice-chairman of the democratic socialist party, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Gillani was nominated for the office of prime minister and became prime minister when his party formed the coalition government with Pakistan Muslim League, Awami National Party, Assembly of Islamic Clergy and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), after his party secured a considerable victory on 2008 parliamentary elections. He is the first prime minister from the Saraiki-speaking belt, and also the longest serving prime minister with a period span of 45 months and counting, chairing more than 100 cabinet and parliamentary sessions; the most any successive democratic government in the history of the country.

He first successfully contested 1988 parliamentary elections and has been a senior member of parliament for the Multan-IV constituency since 1988, heading the Ministry of Tourism under the government of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. After his party wining the plurality in 1990 parliamentary elections, Gillani was nominated by Benazir Bhutto to become the 15th Speaker of the National Assembly, serving until 16 February 1997. On 11 February 2001, Gillani was imprisoned by military court instituted under by then-CMLA and President Pervez Musharraf on the accusations and charges on corruption in infamous Adiala Jail, and released on 7 October 2006.

Gillani’s Pakistan Peoples Party won a considerable victory in the 2008 parliamentary elections, and with the consent of coalition government, Gillani was nominated for the office of Prime minister, taking the oath from President Pervez Musharraf on 25 March 2008. In a first inaugural session, Gillani announced the formation of the Truth and reconciliation commission, reducing the federal budget deficits, reconstruction of the troubled tribal belt, education, land, and agriculture reforms, and lifting the bans on elected labor and students’ unions, followed by new energy and nuclear policy to reduce the level of the loadshedding in the country. In 2009, Gillani was ranked as the 38th most powerful person in the world by Forbes.

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PPP Chairman visits Multan flood hit areas 19 Sep 2014
  Islamabad :  Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday visited the flood hit areas of Multan. Addressing the flood affectees, he said that he is visiting the flood-hit areas of Punjab to express solidarity with the affectees in this period of turmoil. He said that it is the time to be a […]
Pak urges UN to make full use of preventive diplomacy tools 22 Aug 2014
  KARACHI : The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed its Nazir to return surety of Rs1million to former federal commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim which he had furnished to seek bail in cases pertaining to multi-billion rupees trade subsidy scam. SHC division bench had approved the 10-day protective bail for former federal minister […]
SHC directs its Nazir to return surety money of Amin Fahim 22 Aug 2014
  KARACHI : The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed its Nazir to return surety of Rs1million to former federal commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim which he had furnished to seek bail in cases pertaining to multi-billion rupees trade subsidy scam. SHC division bench had approved the 10-day protective bail for former federal minister […]
SHC bars FIA from arresting Amin Fahim 9 Jul 2014
  KARACHI,  The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday restrained Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from arresting former federal commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim in cases pertaining to multi-billion rupees trade subsidy scam. Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, who headed a division bench of SHC, issued notice to secretary interior ministry, director general FIA and others to […]
SHC approves protective bail of Makhdoom Amin Fahim 25 Jun 2014
KARACHI :  Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday granted protective bail to former federal commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim in cases pertaining to multi-billion rupees trade subsidy scam. Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, who headed a division bench of SHC, approved the bail for former federal minister till July 10 subject to furnishing surety in sum […]
Ex-PM Gilani gets bail in multi-billion rupees corruption case 17 Jun 2014
  Karachi,  An anti-corruption court on Tuesday approved bail for former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in 12 cases pertaining to the multi-billion rupees trade subsidy scam. The judge of Special Federal Anti-Corruption Court-I, Mohammad Azeem, granted bail to former prime minister subject to furnishing surety in sum of Rs100000 in each case. The […]
Non-bailable arrest warrants issued against Gilani for financial irregularities 30 May 2014
Karachi,  Non-bailable arrest warrants have been issued against two senior Pakisatn politicians in case relating to financial irregularities in the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). An anti-corruption court in Karachi issued the warrants against former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and a senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Amin Faheem. According to Dawn […]
Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for former PM 29 May 2014
Karachi :  An anti-corruption court Thursday issued arrest warrants for a former Pakistani prime minister and a member of his cabinet for repeatedly failing to appear before a judge hearing corruption charges against them. Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was prime minister from 2008 to 2012, along with ex-commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim have been accused […]
Bombing in Pakistan fruit market kills 22 9 Apr 2014
Islamabad :  A bomb tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in the Pakistani capital Islamabad Wednesday, killing at least 22 people in the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at the wholesale market near the capital’s twin city Rawalpindi, as […]
Taliban extend ceasefire, ask Pakistan to meet demands 4 Apr 2014
Miranshah (Pakistan)  – The Pakistani Taliban on Friday extended a ceasefire by six days to allow the government more time to meet their demands of releasing “non-combatant” prisoners and pulling back soldiers, the militia said in a statement. The government began negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through intermediaries in February to try to end […]
Taliban negotiator denies Pakistan talks deadlocked 29 Mar 2014
Islamabad – A negotiator for the Pakistani Taliban on Saturday dismissed speculation that peace talks with the government were deadlocked, saying negotiations had made steady progress as he voiced optimism over a possible ceasefire extension. The government began negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through intermediaries last month to try to end the Islamists’ bloody […]
Taliban refuses to release sons of Gilani, Taseer 28 Mar 2014
Islamabad : The Taliban has refused to release the sons of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer. The terror outfit has however conditionally agreed to set free the former vice-chancellor of Peshawar”s Islamia College University. According to Dawn News, sources said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and members […]
Negotiator ‘confident’ over Pakistan Taliban ceasefire 27 Mar 2014
Islamabad – A negotiator for the Pakistani Taliban said Thursday he was “confident” the militants would extend their month-long ceasefire, following a first round of direct talks with the government. The government began negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through intermediaries last month to try to end the Islamists’ bloody seven-year insurgency. On Wednesday a […]
SHC seeks arguments on AKD counsel plea 3 Feb 2014
KARACHI, Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued a notice to counsel of business tycoon Aqeel Karim Dhedhi (AKD) to argue about the maintainability of petition that sought quashment of reference against him in a mega corruption case in Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA). The petitioner Aqeel Karim Dhedhi submitted that National Accountability Bureau […]

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