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Iranian pipeline hurts Pakistan relations

ISLAMABAD, March 15 (UPI) -- Pakistan is at risk of losing any credibility it has with the United States by working with Iran on a natural gas pipeline, an official said.

U.S. frustrated by Iran-Pakistan pipeline

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- A gas pipeline from Iran would put Pakistan on the wrong path but the United States is ready to help other plans, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.

Pakistan-Iran pipeline defies U.S.

ISLAMABAD, March 11 (UPI) -- Construction of a natural gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan began Monday on the Pakistani side, with the United States warning it could lead to sanctions.

Iran, Pakistan inaugurate gas pipeline

TEHRAN, March 11 (UPI) -- Iranian media announced Monday that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari arrived on the border to launch the construction of a bilateral gas pipeline.

Pakistan Christians protest blasphemy riot

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 10 (UPI) -- Christians chanted slogans critical of the Pakistani government Sunday at a rally protesting a riot sparked by allegations of blasphemy against Islam.

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Pakistan notes energy woes on pipeline

ISLAMABAD, March 8 (UPI) -- Pakistan expects its relationship with the United States to withstand its decision to work on a natural gas pipeline from Iran, a spokesman said.

Zardari, Kayani discuss law and order

ISLAMABAD, March 8 (UPI) -- Pakistan's army chief urged President Asif Ali Zardari to take urgent steps to tackle the country's worsening law and order situation, sources told Dawn.

Trouble brews for Iran-Pakistan pipeline

TEHRAN, March 7 (UPI) -- After years of delays and setbacks, Pakistan is set to start work on its section of a $7.5 billion pipeline that will pump natural gas from Iran.

U.S. works energy channels in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, March 6 (UPI) -- Washington stands ready to help Pakistan address energy challenges but can't support its turn toward Iranian natural gas, the U.S. ambassador said.

Iran tells Canada to stop energy meddling

TEHRAN, March 5 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Iranian government called on Canada to avoid meddling in its internal affairs as they relate to a natural gas pipeline to Pakistan.

Pakistan shrugs off pipeline concerns

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 4 (UPI) -- There's no outside party that has the ability to get in the way of Pakistan seeking to secure its energy needs, said President Asif Ali Zardari.

Karachi Shiite area bombing kills dozens

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 4 (UPI) -- The toll from a huge bomb attack in Karachi, apparently targeting Pakistan's minority Shiites, rose to at least 45 dead and 135 injured Monday, police said.
NATO base in Helmand attacked by militants

NATO base in Helmand attacked by militants

MOSCOW, March 1 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai maintains that foreign troops in the country are inflaming the insurgency and is seeking Afghan control of security.

Iran's top cleric backs 'peace pipeline'

TEHRAN, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Iran's ruling cleric Ali Khamenei said the country was ready to support Pakistani efforts to secure a reliable source of natural gas.
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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)
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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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