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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 22, 2014.
By United Press International

Violence clouds Pakistani elections

UNITED NATIONS, May 10 (UPI) -- There are concerns that the recent wave of violence in Pakistan will undermine the chance for a peaceful election, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Son of former Pakistani PM kidnapped

MULTAN, Pakistan, May 9 (UPI) -- The son of a former Pakistani prime minister was kidnapped and his secretary killed Thursday in an attack on a political rally, police said.

Case closed against Pakistan's Zardari

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- International money laundering and graft charges against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will not be reopened, Swiss court officials said.

Zardari acts to preserve Gilani decisions

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 24 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Zardari acted Sunday to give constitutional protection to decisions made by Yousuf Raza Gilani before his ouster as prime minister.

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Famed singer Mehdi Hassan dead at 84

KARACHI, Pakistan, June 13 (UPI) -- Pakistan's beloved classical singer Mehdi Hassan died in a Karachi hospital Wednesday after a long illness, said his son Asif. He was 84.

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.
Pakistani PM denies country hid bin Laden

Pakistani PM denies country hid bin Laden

LONDON, May 10 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has rejected claims his country sheltered Osama bin Laden or knew he was living there.
Opponents call for Gilani to step down

Opponents call for Gilani to step down

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 27 (UPI) -- Opponents of Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani are calling for him to step down after he was found guilty of contempt.

Gilani contempt hearing postponed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 27 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court Tuesday adjourned the contempt case against Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani until April 12.

New intelligence chief named for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 10 (UPI) -- A Pakistani general with ties to the U.S. military has been named to head the country's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence Agency.

Airline passengers ride in toilet

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A Pakistani airline allowed two passengers to ride in the bathroom when there were no seats available on the flight.

Tests confirm anthrax sent to Pakistan PM

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A letter laced with anthrax was sent to the home of Pakistan's prime minister, authorities said Wednesday.
Prime minister appears before high court

Prime minister appears before high court

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani went before his country's Supreme Court Thursday to defend himself against possible contempt charges.
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Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani speaks before meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 30, 2008. (UPI Photo/Patrick D. McDermott)
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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.

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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