Court extends deadline by two weeks

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 25 (UPI) -- Pakistan's highest court gave Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf two more weeks to reopen alleged graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Pakistan government firm on court orders

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 25 (UPI) -- Pakistan's government and Supreme Court engaged in further legal wrangling Wednesday over reopening alleged graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Eni chief greets Pakistani president

KARACHI, Pakistan, July 20 (UPI) -- Italian energy company Eni announced it was offering expertise and technology to the Pakistani government in the oil and natural gas sector.

Commentary: Pakistani nuclear hero villain

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- Pakistan’s nuclear black marketer Abdul Qadeer Khan, a self-declared enemy of the U.S., is back in business – or at least center stage basking in the limelight.

High court sets deadline for new PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 12 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court set a two-week deadline for the new prime minister to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Pakistan ramps up hydropower projects

Pakistan ramps up hydropower projects

KARACHI, Pakistan, July 6 (UPI) -- Pakistan is suffering from chronic electricity shortages that are producing blackouts of up to 16 hours per day and negatively affecting the country's industry.

Pakistan PM told to reopen corruption case

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 29 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has told Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to respond by July 12 to the court's order to reopen corruption cases the country's president, Asif Ali Zardari.

Ashraf takes over as Pakistan's PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 25 (UPI) -- Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Pakistan's new prime minister, said he will work to strengthen the country's democratic institutions as demanded by the people.

Zardari picks Shahabuddin as PM candidate

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 20 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday nominated Makhdoom Shahabuddin to replace Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani as prime minister, DawnNews reported.
Pakistan court disqualifies PM

Pakistan court disqualifies PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 19 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan says Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is disqualified from holding office because of his contempt conviction.

Pakistan test-fires nuclear capable missile

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 31 (UPI) -- Pakistan Thursday test-fired a cruise missile that can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads, the army said.

Pakistan road deal unlikely at NATO summit

CHICAGO, May 20 (UPI) -- The United States and Pakistan likely will not be able to finalize the reopening of NATO supply lines during the NATO summit, U.S. officials said.
Pakistan's Zardari to attend NATO summit

Pakistan's Zardari to attend NATO summit

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 17 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will attend the NATO summit meeting about Afghanistan in Chicago, Zardari's office said Thursday.
Bin Laden panel wants to quiz Pakistani PM

Bin Laden panel wants to quiz Pakistani PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 14 (UPI) -- Pakistan's prime minister will be asked for what could be a "very crucial statement" to a commission investigating the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan not invited to NATO summit

BRUSSELS, May 12 (UPI) -- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Pakistan has not been invited to the 25th NATO summit in Chicago.
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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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