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PML protests pro-Gilani resolution

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 3 (UPI) -- Pakistan Muslim League members of the National Assembly Thursday protested a resolution in favor of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani.

Plane crash in Pakistan kills 127

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 20 (UPI) -- An airplane flying from Karachi to Islamabad crashed Friday, killing its 118 passengers and nine crew members, Pakistani officials said.

Bomb explosion confirmed, dozens killed

KHANPUR, Pakistan, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A bomb exploded during a religious procession of minority Shiite Muslims in Khanpur, Pakistan, Sunday, killing and wounding dozens, authorities said.

Pakistan, Afghanistan set up commission

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 16 (UPI) -- The leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan announced a joint commission to promote peace and stability on their shared border Saturday.
PM says Pakistan's blasphemy law stands

PM says Pakistan's blasphemy law stands

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan's controversial religious blasphemy law will not be amended, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani told government officials in Islamabad.
Pakistan, U.S. say ties are still strong

Pakistan, U.S. say ties are still strong

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan's prime minister and the U.S. ambassador said Wednesday the WikiLeaks revelations would not damage relations.

Blast at Pakistani shrine kills 6

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A blast at a religious shrine in Pakpattan, Pakistan, Monday killed at least six people, injured several others and forced the shrine to close, police said.
Karachi at standstill after violence

Karachi at standstill after violence

KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Pakistan's largest city and financial hub, Karachi, ground to a near halt Wednesday after the city suffered a rash of ethnic killings over the past four days.
Pakistan names flood aid oversight panel

Pakistan names flood aid oversight panel

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A national council will oversee the distribution of aid for flood-affected Pakistanis, the country's prime minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, said Thursday.

Panetta arrives in Pakistan for talks

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 21 (UPI) -- U.S. CIA Director Leon Panetta arrived in Pakistan Saturday to meet with top leaders in Islamabad, officials said.

Sacked judges reinstated in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 16 (UPI) -- Deposed Pakistani Chief Judge Iftikhar Chaudhry and other judges were reinstated Monday, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said.

Sri Lanka: Attack won't hurt relations

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 4 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama says a terror attack on his country's cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan, won't harm relations with Islamabad.

Pakistani PM calls for closer NATO ties

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has called for increased strategic and political dialogue with NATO.
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United States President Barack Obama welcomes Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani of Pakistan to the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center, Monday, April 12, 2010. UPI/Ron Sachs/POOL
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Makhdoom Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani (Urdu: مخدوم سیّد یوسف رضا گیلانی) (born 9 June 1952) is the 17th and current Prime Minister of Pakistan and Vice-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He was previously Speaker of the National Assembly (1993–1997) and a Federal Minister (1985–1986, 1989–1990).

He was nominated as Prime Minister by the PPP, with the support of its coalition partners, Pakistan Muslim League (N), Awami National Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, on 22 March 2008. He took the oath of office from President Pervez Musharraf on 25 March 2008. Gilani is the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan from the Saraiki-speaking belt. In 2009 Gillani was ranked as the 38th most powerful person in the world by Forbes following osama bin laden.

Gillani was born in Karachi on 9 June 1952 . He belongs to an influential political family from Multan. His father was a descendant of Syed Musa Pak, a spiritual figure of the Qadiri Sufism order which traces its origins to Abdul-Qadir Gilani. Yousaf Raza's grandfather comes from Paktia Province, Afghanistan. Gilani did his intermediate from Forman Christian College University.He attended Government College and obtained his B.A and M.A. in Journalism from University of the Punjab. Gillani is married and has four sons, one daughter, and one grandson. His eldest son, Syed Makhdoom Abdul Qadir Gillani, started his own political career from Multan, and in 2008 he married the granddaughter of Pir Pagara Shah Mardan Shah II, an influential political and religious leader of Sindh. His three other sons Ali Qasim Gillani, Ali Musa Gillani and Ali Haider Gillani are triplets. Qasim Gillani is currently doing his undergraduate from Brunel University London whereas Musa Gillani completed his Masters from Queen Mary University of London in 2009. Ali Haider Gillani is studying at Lahore School of Economics, Lahore. Ali Musa Gillani after completing his studies is now actively participating in politics. Yousaf Raza Gillani's daughter's name is Fiza Gillani. He is also famous for his scandalous affair with famous Pakistani Singer Naheed Akhtar in 1990s, with some rumors that he even married for some time after which she left singing.

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