YUSUF RAZA GILANI

  • Asif Ali Zardari will not seek another presidential term June 3, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari says he will not seek another presidential term after his present fiveyear period expires in September 2013, Xinhua reported on Sunday. Zardari made the remark in an interview with editors, which will be aired late on Sunday night, according to a media report. Zardari's Pakistan...
  • Pakistan promises full probe into airliner crash April 21, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistani officials on Saturday promised a full investigation into the crash of a domestic flight that killed 127 people, saying they were examining all possibilities, from a technical fault to the age of the Boeing 737. Grieving relatives claiming the remains of loved ones at a hospital expressed grief and...
  • PM open to visit Pak to celebrate 'something solid' March 27, 2012

    Onboard Air India One: Welcoming Pakistan's move to liberalise trade with India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said he could visit that country if there is "something solid" to celebrate. On his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul,...
  • Gilani denies links with North Korea's Nprogramme March 26, 2012

    Seoul: Amid global concerns over Pakistan's track record on nuclear nonproliferation, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday said his country had no links with North Korea's atomic programme. "There had been some disinformation and allegations during the past, but now it is a closed chapter that we have already denied,"...
  • Pakistan urges Afghan Taliban to enter peace talks February 25, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday urged leaders of the Afghan Taliban movement to enter direct peace negotiations with Kabul, a possible sign that Islamabad is stepping up support for reconciliation in neighbouring Afghanistan. Both Afghan and US officials have long accused Pakistan of using militant groups as proxies in Afghanistan to counter...
  • Kayani calls Pak PM's criticisms 'divisive' January 15, 2012

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Army Chief is furious with the Prime Minister for statements criticising the army and has demanded that they be clarified or withdrawn, a senior military source said on Saturday. Recent tension has raised fears for the stability of the nucleararmed country and exposed a struggle between the government and...
  • Choose ballot over bullet: Zardari tells Pak December 25, 2011

    Karachi: Amidst rumours of a military coup, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has appealed to the people to resist any change in power through force and to give democracy a chance. Infact the Pakistani cabinet will be meeting on Sunday to discuss the rift between the army and the government. ...
  • Pakistan denies peace talks with Taliban December 12, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan's interior minister and prime minister have both denied the government is holding peace talks with its homegrown Taliban, according to media, saying it would do so only if the militants first disarmed and surrendered. The deputy commander of the Pakistan Taliban, who have been waging a fouryear war against...
  • US welcomes Gilani's view to build USPak ties December 6, 2011

    Washington: The US has welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani statement that he would like to rebuild relationship with the US following deterioration in bilateral ties after the recent NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in a crossborder fire. "We, of course, welcome Prime Minister Gilani's positive statements...
  • US pressure on Pakistan must end: Gilani September 29, 2011

    Islamabad: The United States must stop blaming Islamabad for regional instability, Pakistan's prime minister told a gathering of the country's political leaders on Thursday, as Washington stepped up pressure on the South Asian nation to tackle militancy. "The blame game should end, and Pakistan's sensitive national interests should be respected," Yusuf...
  • Pakistan PM warns US on India tilt September 27, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan's prime minister warned the United States on Tuesday to stop accusing it of playing a double game with Islamist militants, and said Washington must correct a perceived tilt towards archfoe India. Yusuf Raza Gilani also said any unilateral military action by the United States to hunt down militants of...
  • Pak PM hits back at US accusations September 25, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan shot back at US allegations that its powerful spy agency supports the Haqqani militant group fighting coalition troops in Afghanistan, describing them as a sign of American "confusion and policy disarray". "We strongly reject assertions of complicity with the Haqqanis or of proxy war," Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani...
  • 'IndoPak talks shouldn't be restricted to 26/11' August 26, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday said it was a "welcome realisation" on the part of India that the talks between the two countries should not be held hostage to the 2008 terrorist attack of Mumbai. Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani made the comments to a delegation of American Senators led...
  • Economic revival Pakistan's key concern: Gilani June 4, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that revival of the economy was the key concern of his government. "We have earmarked Rs 730 billion for the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), including provincial allocations. This development expenditure will indeed trigger a multiplier effect on the entire economy," Associated...
  • IndoPak talks today, Siachen on agenda May 30, 2011

    New Delhi: After a gap of three years, defence secretaries of India and Pakistan today met here to discuss the longpending Siachen issue. Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is leading the Indian delegation at the twoday talks with his Pakistani counterpart Lt General (Retd) Syed Ather Ali. India and Pakistan decided to...
  • Pakistan says wants China to build naval base May 22, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan said on Saturday it wanted China to build it a naval base, in the latest sign of moves to strengthen ties with Beijing as relations with Washington falter. The announcement from Pakistan's defence minister came a day after Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani returned from a fourday...
  • China backs Pak to counter tense ties with US May 20, 2011

    Beijing: Pakistan Prime Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday wrapped up his high profile visit in Beijing after securing China's open backing to counterbalance his country's tense ties with US, following the killing of Osma bin Laden, besides garnering a large economic and defence package. On the last day of his four...
  • Hillary Clinton to travel to Pakistan soon May 17, 2011

    Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soon visit Pakistan to have a 'strategic indepth discussions' with the country's leadership and send her Special Representative Mark Grossman to prepare the ground work for her trip, a senior official said. "The Secretary does plan to visit Pakistan in order to have...
  • ISI chief Pasha offers to resign: reports May 14, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan's powerful ISI chief Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha on Saturday offered to resign after admitting failure over the US raid that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Pasha's dramatic announcement came during an incamera joint session of...
  • Pakistan hiding Osama truth, claims Imran Khan May 7, 2011

    Pressure is building on the Yusuf Raza Gilanis government in Pakistan over Islamabad's handling of the Osama bin Laden killing. Leading the charge in Pakistan is opposition leader Imram Khan. In an exclusive interview to CNNIBN EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai, Imran called upon the Pakistan government to quit hiding the Osama...
  • UK PM Cameron calls for 'fresh start' with Pak April 5, 2011

    Islamabad: British Prime Minister David Cameron will call for a new start in relations with Pakistan on Tuesday, eight months after sparking a diplomatic row by saying Pakistan should not be allowed to "look both ways" on terrorism. Cameron, who made those controversial comments on a trip to India in July...
  • Cricket diplomacy: it's win for both India, Pak March 31, 2011

    New Delhi: India won the World Cup semifinal match against Pakistan on Wednesday, but off the field, it was a win for both India and Pakistan as the cricket diplomacy clearly worked after two failed attempts in the past. As India and Pakistan battled on the pitch, Manmohan Singh made a...
  • IndoPak dialogue only way forward: Gilani January 2, 2011

    Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said dialogue is the only way to resolve outstanding issues between Pakistan and India as both countries cannot afford to fight wars. Gilani made the remarks during the debut episode of the live show "Prime Minister Online" in which he answered questions from...
  • Damage control: Geelani says Pak serious for talks July 17, 2010

    New Delhi: Pakistan has changed its tone and says that they are doing their best to normalise ties with India. This follows S M Qureshi's broadside against S M Krishna on Friday. ...
  • Pak tones down rhetoric, calls for talks with India July 17, 2010

    Islamabad: Pakistan appears to have piped down on Saturday after two days of acrimony with India with its leaders saying it wanted continuation of the bilateral dialogue and is serious about normalisation of IndoPak ties. Both Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made conciliatory statements on...
  • Pak calls for talks with India to build trust May 24, 2010

    Islamabad: Pakistan called on Monday for "sustained and meaningful" dialogue with India after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said a trust deficit was the main obstacle in ties between the nucleararmed rivals. Speaking at a news conference in New Delhi, Singh said India was willing to discuss all outstanding issues with...
  • Pak PM backs JK 'separatist' movement yet again February 5, 2010

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Thursday reiterated that his government will "continue extending political, moral and diplomatic support" to the separatist campaign in Jammu and Kashmir. "We will continue extending our political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir and our principled stance will not be...
  • Pak PM clarifies offensive against Taliban not over December 13, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Prime Minister backtracked on earlier comments on Saturday that a military campaign against the Taliban in their South Waziristan bastion had ended, saying the offensive was continuing. In televised comments from Lahore, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told reporters the military operation in South Waziristan had concluded and that...
  • Pak forces seize key Taliban bases, hunt rebels November 17, 2009

    Sararogha: Pakistani forces have captured most main Taliban bases in their offensive in South Waziristan and will soon fan out into the rugged countryside to hunt for militants there, commanders said on Tuesday. Soldiers have advanced faster than expected in their monthlong offensive, seizing main roads and Taliban bases but...
  • 26/11 brain Saeed under house arrest: Pak PM September 22, 2009

    New Delhi: Pakistan has finally confirmed that JamaatudDawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been accused by India of masterminding the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has been placed under house arrest. Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Saeed has been under house arrest while addressing a press conference...