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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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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 […]
SHC seeks comments in PSM corruption case 9 Jan 2014
KARACHI : Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed secretary Cabinet Division and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities to furnish their respective comments on a petition filed by former chairman Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), who sought quashing cases registered against him for alleged embezzlement of billions of rupees in PSM. A division bench of SHC […]
Pakistan’s new chief justice sworn in 12 Dec 2013
Islamabad  – Pakistan’s new chief justice took his oath of office on Thursday after his outspoken predecessor retired, ending an eight-year turbulent and at times controversial era. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain swore in Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry stepped down a day earlier. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry and other top government […]
Pakistan names new chief justice 27 Nov 2013
Islamabad  – Pakistan on Wednesday named a successor to the country’s top judge, who is retiring after a turbulent and at times controversial eight-year tenure. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani will take over as chief justice on December 12 after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry steps down a day earlier, a senior government official told AFP. Chaudhry, originally […]
Zardari chairs meeting: PPP calls for holding of party based local bodies polls 4 Nov 2013
KARACHI,  A meeting of the senior leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was held Sunday night at Bilawal House, Karachi with former President Asif Ali Zardari in the chair. It was attended among others by Makhdoom Ameen Faheem, Faryal Talpur, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Khursheed Shah, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali […]
Former Pakistan PM, security officials deny US drone collusion 25 Oct 2013
Islamabad – Pakistani security officials and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday denied a report that they had approved US drone strikes on the country’s soil. The Washington Post on Wednesday quoted leaked secret documents as saying Pakistan had been regularly briefed on the strikes and in some cases helped choose targets. The purported […]
Zardari offers Eid prayer in Garhi Khuda Bux 18 Oct 2013
NAUNDERO :  Former President Asif Ali Zardari has said that war is still going on in Afghanistan and the bad law & order situation in KPK and Balochistan was feared that Pakistan may break up. He said that Karachi law & order situation was also going from bad to worse, hence, they had decided to […]
Ex-Pakistan PM Gilani says Punjabi Taliban finally acknowledged by government 26 Aug 2013
Islamabad :  Former Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the country’s government has now acknowledged the existence of ‘Punjabi Taliban’, contrary to the past practices of denial. Gilani clarified that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led coalition government had refrained itself from confirming the existence of the local terror group in the country […]
Pakistan top court summons Imran Khan for contempt hearing 31 Jul 2013
ISLAMABAD  – Pakistan’s top court on Wednesday summoned cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan for a contempt hearing over his “critical and derogatory” remarks against the judiciary, a statement said. Khan, the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party which made a major breakthrough at the May 11 general election, alleged that the polls were rigged and criticised […]

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