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Gunmen Kidnap Ex-Pakistan PM's Son at Election Rally

Guard killed, 5 wounded in gun attack

(Newser) - Gunmen have attacked an election rally in Pakistan's southern Punjab province and abducted the son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistani officials say. Unknown attackers stormed the rally in the town of Multan, opened fire, and seized Ali Haider Gilani today, a police official says. "One... More »

Pakistan Picks Another PM

But Raja Pervez Ashraf already accused of corruption

(Newser) - It's been a wild few days for Pakistan's leadership. First the country's high court gave Yousuf Raza Gilani the boot; then the ruling party's new nominee for prime minister was hit with an arrest warrant over alleged drug trafficking. Now, the party has nominated a new... More »

Pakistan Nominates New Prime Minister

...and a warrant is immediately issued for his arrest

(Newser) - No sooner had Pakistan's ruling party nominated a new prime minister today than a warrant was issued for his arrest on drug trafficking charges. The PPP picked Makhdoom Shahabuddin to replace the recently ousted Yousuf Gilani, the AP reports. Shahabuddin is a longtime PPP stalwart, having held various positions... More »

Court Disqualifies Pakistan PM

Yousuf Raza Gilani refused to step down after April contempt conviction

(Newser) - Add Pakistan to the list of countries thrown into fresh turmoil this morning: The country's Supreme Court today ruled that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was "disqualified" from office as a result of his April contempt conviction . Gilani had refused to reopen a corruption case against his boss,... More »

Pakistan PM Convicted, Serves 3-Minute Sentence

Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt, but remains in power

(Newser) - The Supreme Court convicted Pakistan's prime minister of contempt today but spared him a prison term for refusing to reopen a corruption case against his boss, the president, leaving the premier in power but facing fresh calls to resign. The ruling stated Yousuf Raza Gilani would serve a sentence... More »

Pakistan Indicts PM Gilani

Prime minister pleads not guilty to contempt charges

(Newser) - As expected , Pakistan's highest court charged Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani with contempt today as helicopters swirled overhead and riot police warily watched his arrival. Gilani pleaded not guilty to the charges, reports the BBC , which stem from his refusal to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali... More »

Pakistan PM Will Be Charged With Contempt

Yousaf Raza Gilani's trial will begin Feb. 13

(Newser) - It's official: Pakistan's Supreme Court says it's following through on its threat to charge Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani with contempt for failing to pursue corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and others, the New York Times reports. The trial will begin Feb. 13, and could... More »

Pakistan PM May Face Contempt of Court

Conviction could end Gilani's tenure

(Newser) - Pakistan's Supreme Court is threatening the country's prime minister with contempt of court, ordering Yousuf Raza Gilani to attend a hearing on the matter after officials wouldn't reopen thousands of government corruption cases, CNN reports. "Ultimately it's the prime minister who is responsible for carrying... More »

Pakistan Cans Defense Minister

Chaos reigns in Islamabad as bridge between military, government is ousted

(Newser) - Pakistan's government fired the defense secretary today and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of the government. Retired Lt. Gen. Naeem Khalid Lodhi, an army loyalist seen as a bridge between... More »

Pakistan to Afghanistan: Dump US

Pakistan would be a better long-term ally, Prime Minister Gilani argues

(Newser) - As the US prepares to withdraw most of its troops from Afghanistan by 2014, Afghanistan's neighbors are jockeying for increased influence—most notably Pakistan, which is blatantly lobbying Hamid Karzai to ditch the US. Rather than allow a long-term American military presence in Afghanistan, Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani... More »

Key Party Pulls Out of Pakistan's Ruling Coalition

Muttahida Qaumi Movement to shift its 25 seats to the opposition

(Newser) - The second largest party in Pakistan's ruling coalition is quitting the government and joining the opposition, it said today, depriving the country's pro-US government of a parliamentary majority and throwing its future into doubt. It was not immediately clear whether the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's decision to shift its 25 seats... More »

Pakistan Drives Taliban From S. Waziristan

Militants regroup further north in a different district

(Newser) - Good news from Pakistan's prime minister in the fight against the Taliban—the army has driven the militants from South Waziristan after a 3-month campaign. The bad news: The Taliban appear to have regrouped a little further north in a district called Orakza, reports BBC . "The operation in South... More »

Bin Laden's Not Here: Pakistan PM

Gilani contradicts Brown, says there's no 'credible' intelligence

(Newser) - Gordon Brown can talk all he wants about Pakistan not doing enough to capture Osama bin Laden—the Al-Qaeda leader isn’t in the country, its prime minister says. Yousaf Raza Gilani says he has not been provided with any “credible or actionable intelligence” to suggest otherwise, and he... More »

Pakistan PM Claims 700 Taliban Killed

Army has already killed 700 militants: minister

(Newser) - With more than a million of its citizens fleeing violence within its borders, Pakistan's prime minister said today the army has killed more than 700 militants in the last two weeks, in an operation in which "the very existence of the country was at stake.” Syed Yousaf Raza... More »

Rice: Pakistan's Ready to Crack Down on Terror

India issues airport terror alert after new threats

(Newser) - Pakistan is prepared to take urgent action against terrorists, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said after talks with leaders today. The meeting stressed Pakistan's duty to combat "those who may use Pakistani territory, even if they are non-state actors," in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, she said.... More »

Once-Nurtured Militants Have Pakistan Teetering on Brink

Paradoxically, insurgents strengthen after US-inspired strikes

(Newser) - Pakistan’s government is caught between two overbearing powers: the Taliban fighters who want to destroy it, and the American officials who inflame tensions between the government and its people. “The Pakistanis are truly concerned about their whole country unraveling,” a Western military official tells Dexter Filkins, who... More »

Pakistan Bomb Near Miss for President, PM

Zardari was scheduled to be at reception when Marriott exploded

(Newser) - Pakistan's president and prime minister were supposed to be at a reception at the Islamabad hotel where a huge bomb killed at least 60 people and injured 270, reports the Times of London. Asif Ali Zardari and Yousaf Raza Gilani were expected to attend a large dinner at the Marriott,... More »

Pakistan PM Escapes Convoy Attack

Gilani and others unharmed as leader continues campaigning for Zardari

(Newser) - Three days before Pakistan is to elect a new president, PM Yousuf Gilani escaped an assassination attempt on his caravan outside Islamabad, the BBC reports. No injuries were reported, officials said, citing “robust and comprehensive security measures,” but CNN reports it's unclear whether Gilani was present in the... More »

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