Yousuf Raza Gilani

Gilani questions Sharif's decision to visit Saudi Arabia

Yousuf-Raza-GilaniLahore, July 24 : Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has questioned the timing of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Saudi Arabia.

In an interaction with the Dawn, Gilani questioned the need for Sharif to leave the country when Pakistan was at war with the Taliban in the northern parts.

He was quoted , as saying that he had no issue with Sharif going to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra, the fact remained that Pakistan needed him more at this time as he has a lot of responsibility being the country's premier.

I made ISI answerable to parliament: Gilani

Yousuf Raza GilaniIslamabad, Oct 7 : Former Pakistani prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani claims to have made the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) answerable to parliament.

In a Geo News programme, Gilani said he was the first prime minister who made the ISI and Pakistan army accountable to the country's parliament, The News International reported.

Gilani also said that he did not lament his decision to reinstate the judges of higher courts dismissed by then president Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistan president condemns kidnapping of ex-PM's son

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, May 9 : Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday condemned the kidnapping of the son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after an attack on a political gathering, a presidential spokesman said.

Ali Haider Gillani, son of Yusuf Raza Gilani and candidate from a provincial assembly seat in Multan, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen after they opened fire and killed one person and injured several others, reported Xinhua.

Former Pakistani PM Gilani's son abducted

Ali-Haider-GilaniIslamabad, May 9 : Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Haider Gilani was kidnapped Thursday in a town in Pakistan's Punjab province by armed men who stormed his street corner meeting with their guns blazing, killing one and injuring five.

Unidentified armed men kidnapped Ali Haider from a street corner meeting of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Multan, Geo News reported.

Armed men opened fire and injured five people, including Ali Haider’s secretary Mohiuddin, who later died.

Police said Ali Haider was whisked away in a black Honda City.

Manmohan Singh, Gilani meeting begins at SAARC Summit

 Manmohan Singh, Gilani meeting begins at SAARC Summit Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 10 : Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani have began a meeting here this morning to give a push to normalising bilateral relations marked by a shrinking trust deficit.

Dr Singh and Gilani are meeting for the third time in the last 18 months.

Thursday''s meeting on the sidelines of the 17th SAARC Summit comes a week after Pakistan announced a path-breaking decision to confer Most Fovoured Nation (MFN) status on India.

Pak will recognise new govt. in Libya: Gilani

 Pak will recognise new govt. in Libya: Gilani Islamabad, Oct 18 : Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his country will recognize the new government in Libya.

The Express Tribune quoted Gilani as saying that Pakistan believes in the sovereignty and independence of all countries, and does not interfere in the internal affairs of any country.

'Afghan solution minus Pakistan won't be productive'

'Afghan solution minus Pakistan won't be productive'Islamabad, Sep 29 : Pakistan is part of the Afghanistan solution and any effort to address this issue minus Pakistan will not be productive, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

Speaking in Peshawar Wednesday, the prime minister said Pakistan supported the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

However, such a process should not destabilise Pakistan, Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Gilani as saying.

180 mn Pakistanis should stand united: Gilani

180 mn Pakistanis should stand united: GilaniIslamabad, Sep 29:  Pakistan's 180 million people should stand united to face the many challenges the country was facing and to thwart all attempts to destabilise it, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

Gilani made the remark Wednesday in Peshawar in the wake of the US accusation that the Pakistan's powerful spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, was supporting the Haqqani network that had carried out attacks against US interests in Afghanistan.

Gilani visits land of his forefathers

Gilani visits land of his forefathersIslamabad, Sep 14 : Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani visited the land of his ancestors in the city of Rasht, the capital of Iran's Gilan province, it was reported here.

Gilani went around the city that attracts domestic tourists, Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Gilan is in the northwest of Iran along the Caspian sea.

The governments of Pakistan and Iran have declared Multan and Rasht as sister cities.

As a student I wasn't very studious, says Pakistan PM

As a student I wasn't very studious, says Pakistan PMIslamabad, Sep 2 : Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has admitted that he was "not very studious" when he was a student.

Talking to a group of youngsters in a PTV programme Thursday, Gilani said: "In our age, there were less opportunities."

He added: "As a student, I was not very studious but I was an all-rounder and participated in extra-curricular activities."

"... I read poetry of Mirza Ghalib in detail," Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Gilani as saying.

Gilani meets slain governor's family

Gilani meets slain governor's familyIslamabad, Aug 30 : Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has assured the family of slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer of all efforts for the early recovery of his abducted son.

Shahbaz Taseer was abducted from Lahore's Gulberg area Aug 26.

Gilani stayed with the Taseer family for about an hour, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

Shahbaz was travelling with his friend when four armed men abducted them at gunpoint.

His friend, who was later released, informed police about the kidnapping.

Gilani, Manmohan meet teams before match begins

Manmohan Singh, Yousuf Raza GilaniMohali, March 30 : The much anticipated India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal got off to a rousing start Wednesday with the prime ministers of both countries, India's Manmohan Singh and Pakistan's Yousuf Raza Gilani, meeting the players of both the teams.

The Pakistani national anthem was played first and then the Indian "Jana Gana Mana" in the packed stadium. As the strains of the Indian anthem died down, the stadium erupted in a roar and the two prime minister accompanied by Sharad Pawar, president of the International Cricket Council, walked into the field.

Manmohan Singh to meet Pakistan’s PM on Thursday

Yousuf-Raza-Gilani-Manmohan-SinghIn a bilateral meeting, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to meet Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday. It is believed that the Indian PM will be showing its unhappiness over the lack of credible action by Islamabad to punish perpetrators of 26/11 and end cross-border terrorism.

Gilani hopes March 24 talks with US will successfully achieve ‘concrete results’

Islamabad, Mar. 21 : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has expressed the hope that the upcoming strategic talks with the US on March 24 in Washington would ‘successfully achieve concrete results and tangible goals’.

During a meeting with US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson here, Gilani identified some of the key issues to be discussed during the talks, and said Islamabad would like to make progress in negotiations with the US in various other areas as well.

Dual accommodation by cabinet ministers mock Gilani’s austerity measures

Dual accommodation by cabinet ministers mock Gilani’s austerity measuresIslamabad, Jan 11 : Despite Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s clear direction to his cabinet members that retaining two government accommodations at a time was a malpractice, as many as 24 Ministers and other top government officials are enjoying the dual facility.

According to reports, apart from the federal and state ministers, the National Assembly Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are also occupying two government accommodations in gross violation of rules.

Policy to screen Pak citizens traveling to US can hurt bilateral ties: Gilani

Islamabad, Jan 9 : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has criticized the Obama administration’s decision to carry out extra security checks, including full-body pat downs, on people flying into the United States from
14 mostly Muslim countries, including Pakistan.

Gilani said that persistence with such policies, which lead to “consternation and anxiety among Pakistanis” could affect the bilateral ties between the two countries.

I’ll stand by Zardari in his rise and fall: Gilani

I’ll stand by Zardari in his rise and fall: GilaniIslamabad, Jan. 8 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has clarified that he doesn’t have any differences with President Asif Ali Zardari, and he would stand by the PPP chairman in his “rise and fall.”
The Daily Times Gilani as telling a private TV channel that he would support Zardari through thick and thin.

Gilani wants more five-star hotels, entertainment places in Islamabad but silent about funds

Gilani wants more five-star hotels, entertainment places in Islamabad but silent about fundsIslamabad, Jan. 5 : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that there is a need to build more five-star hotels, entertainment places and conference halls in Islamabad to address the need of tourists and businessmen.

General Kayani ardent supporter of democracy: Pak PM

Yousuf Raza GilaniIslamabad, Jan 4 : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is a highly professional soldier and ardent supporter of democracy.

In an interview with Al Jazeera television, he said General Kayani had supported democracy even during Geneneral Pervez Musharraf’s rule.

He expressed the confidence that the country would win the war against terrorists.

Gilani said the People’s Party had the support of the masses. The people would ensure a victory against terrorists. (ANI)

Gilani, Sharif agree to stop party leaders from indulging in blame game

Gilani, Sharif agree to stop party leaders from indulging in blame gameIslamabad/Lahore, Jan 4 : Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and former premier Nawaz Sharif have agreed that they would stop leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz from levelling allegations against each other.

Gilani had called Nawaz over the telephone to discuss issues of national importance, especially a proposed accountability law.

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