Pakistan awaiting gas pipeline contracts

ISLAMABAD, May 2 (UPI) -- Pakistan aims to finalize the contracts necessary to start work on a section of a natural gas pipeline planned from Iran, a government official said.

Zardari spokesman: Vilification of Pakistani president must stop

ISLAMABAD, April 25 (UPI) -- Pakistani political parties should stop vilifying President Asif Ali Zardari in their election campaigns, the president's spokesman said.

Supreme Court may decide Musharraf's arrest order

ISLAMABAD, April 19 (UPI) -- Pakistani police Friday took ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf to court from his farmhouse where he went the previous day after being ordered arrested.

Report: Nearly 30 polling stations seen sensitive

ISLAMABAD, April 19 (UPI) -- Pakistan election officials, assessing security during the general elections, have designated a third of the polling stations as sensitive, sources told Dawn.

Bombing at Pakistan political rally kills, wounds dozens

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, April 16 (UPI) -- A bombing at a rally of Pakistan's secular Awami National Party in Peshawar killed 17 and wounded dozens in the latest election-related attack, police said.
Pakistani candidates told not seek votes in name of religion

Pakistani candidates told not seek votes in name of religion

ISLAMABAD, April 15 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Election Commission says candidates in next month's general elections cannot seek vote in the name of religion, caste or sex.

Gunmen gun down MQM election candidate in Pakistan

HYDERABAD, Pakistan, April 11 (UPI) -- A secular party candidate in Pakistan's upcoming general elections was shot and killed by Pakistani Taliban militants in Sindh province, authorities said.

Iran to develop more of South Pars

TEHRAN, April 9 (UPI) -- Iran aims to increase its natural gas production substantially by launching additional phases in the South Pars gas complex, an energy official said.
Court resumes hearings in Musharraf case

Court resumes hearings in Musharraf case

ISLAMBAD, Pakistan, April 9 (UPI) -- A Pakistani Supreme Court Tuesday heard more treason allegations against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Commentary: Road to nowhere

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. has lost the media war in Pakistan. Popular talk show hosts have already made up their minds that America is preparing a war against their country.

Pipeline boosts Iran, Pakistan defiance

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 4 (UPI) -- The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline recently inaugurated in the face of stiff U.S. opposition has bolstered an emerging partnership between two Muslim states.

Karachi bombing creates gas shortage

KARACHI, Pakistan, April 2 (UPI) -- Parts of southern Pakistan were without natural gas supplies after suspected militants bombed a 22-inch diameter gas pipeline, a gas company spokesman said.
Musharraf opens his election campaign

Musharraf opens his election campaign

ISLAMABAD, April 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan's former president and Parliamentary hopeful Pervez Musharraf said the country is in a "do or die" situation from which only he can rescue it.

Retired justice named Pakistan caretaker

ISLAMABAD, March 25 (UPI) -- A retired justice was sworn in Monday as interim prime minister of Pakistan with the responsibility of calling new parliamentary elections, officials say.

Pakistan states support for Turkmen gas

ISLAMABAD, March 21 (UPI) -- Pakistan views a planned natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan as a key way to address its energy concerns, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said.
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Asif Ali Zardari
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) welcomes Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg on June 16, 2009. The SCO groups Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan but leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and Iran will also attended the summit. (UPI Photo/Alex Volgin)

Asif Ali Zardari (Urdu: آصف علی زرداری, Sindhi: آصف علي زرداري; born 26 July 1955) is the 11th and current President of Pakistan and the Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He is also the widower of Benazir Bhutto, who served two nonconsecutive terms as Prime Minister.

A Balochi from a tribe based in Sindh, Zardari rose to prominence after his marriage to Bhutto in 1987. Zardari became widely known as "Mr. 10 Percent" during the premierships of Bhutto because of his alleged role in obtaining kickbacks as an intermediary in government deals. His political career has been mired in corruption allegations, for which he was imprisoned from 1990 to 1993 and from 1996 to 2004. Between 1993 and 1996, he held various cabinet positions in the second Bhutto administration. During this period, his extensive entanglement in the Bhutto family feud over the future leadership of the PPP led to him being suspected of, and later indicted for, orchestrating the sudden death of Murtaza Bhutto.

He was arrested for corruption in late 1996, following the collapse of the Bhutto government. Although incarcerated, he nominally served in Parliament after being elected to the National Assembly in 1990 and Senate in 1997. He was released from jail in 2004 amid rumors of reconciliation between Pervez Musharraf and the PPP. He subsequently went into self-exile in Dubai, but returned in December 2007 after Bhutto's assassination. As the Co-Chairman of the PPP, he led his party to victory in the 2008 general elections. He spearheaded a coalition that forced Musharraf to resign and was elected President on 6 September 2008.

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