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Pakistan PM seeks time from Supreme Court in contempt case
Raja Pervez Ashraf seeks 4-6 weeks time

Pak Govt. assures of no 'radical steps' in row with judiciary
The Pakistan Government, in a move to pacify nervous world capitals, declared that it has no plans to take any "radical steps" which may aggravate its ongoing row with the judiciary over the reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

PPP mulls curtailing 'aggressive' Supreme Court's powers
The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is considering clipping the Supreme Court's talons.

'New Pak PM also not to write to Swiss govt. over Zardari graft cases'
Opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Raja Riaz has said newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf would also refrain from writing to the Swiss authorities asking them to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari to be given 'ample time' by court to resign as PPP co-chairman
The Lahore High Court has completed the proceedings on petitions of contempt of court, filed against President Asif Ali Zardari for holding dual posts.

Pakistan 'officially' gets a 'powerless' Deputy PM
As a result of intense negotiations between the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and its ally, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), the country now has a deputy prime minister.

Ashraf not good choice for Pakistan PM, says Asma Jahangir
Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Asma Jahangir has said Raja Pervez Ashraf was not a good choice for the Pakistan prime minister's post.

Zardari's immunity and dual posts challenged in Pak SC
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's immunity and dual posts held by him have been challenged in the Supreme Court.

Pakistan Govt. 'impassive, incapable of running country', says Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led government is impassive and incapable of running the country.

Overcoming energy crisis in Pak tops new PM Ashraf's list
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said resolving the energy crisis in the country is foremost on his agenda.

Pak Supreme Court asks Defence Ministry to produce memo on ISI political cell formation
Pakistan's Supreme Court has asked the Defence Ministry to submit the notification under which the notorious political cell of the country's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was created in 1975.

Raja Pervez Ashraf is new Pak PM
The National Assembly on Friday elected Pakistan People's Party (PPP) stalwart Raja Pervez Ashraf as the twenty fifth Prime Minister of the country.

Peshawar HC grants interim bail to deposed Pak PM nominee Shahabuddin in drugs case
The Peshawar High Court has granted interim bail to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Shahabuddin in the Ephedrine case.

PPP names Pervez Ashraf as its PM-designate (Update)
Pakistan's ruling party Friday named Raja Pervez Ashraf as its candidate for the slot of prime minister, said a spokesman for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

PPP picks Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime ministerial candidate
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has announced Raja Pervez Ashraf as their candidate for the prime minister's post.

'No PPP PM will write letter to Swiss courts, come what may'
Pakistan's Punjab Province Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has said that no Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) prime minister would ever write a letter to the Swiss courts, no matter how many prime ministers get sacked by the judiciary in the process.

'Drug' woes worsen for 'deposed' Pak PM nominee
Records from Pakistan's devolved federal health ministry indicate that the country's prime ministerial candidate Makhdoom Shahabuddin, during his tenure as health minister, also allowed Danas Pharmaceutical to import 5,000 kg of dextropropoxyphene, a controlled substance used in the manufacture of the medical drug darvon, from India in 2010.

Minority MPA protests 'injustice' against religious minorities in Pak
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) minority MPA Saleem Khurshid Khokhar has complained about the injustices being meted out to religious minorities in the country.

Arrest warrant for Pakistan's would-be PM issued in 'corruption' case
An anti-narcotics judge in Pakistan on Thursday issued arrest warrants for Makhdoom Shahabuddin, the majority party candidate for the slot of prime minister, for his alleged involvement in providing illegal quota of banned chemicals, local media reported.

Makhdoom Shahabuddin set to be elected as Pakistan's 17th PM
Makhdoom Shahabuddin is set to be elected as Pakistan's 17th Prime Minister on Friday when the National Assembly or Lower House of the parliament will elect new leader of the house.

Pak's 'Anna Hazare' joins Sharif's PML-N party
Pakistan's human rights activist Jahangir Akhtar has joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

Pak's nuke arsenal only aims at deterring war: PPP Information Secretary
Pakistan Peoples Party's Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira has said Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is aimed at deterring rather than encouraging war against any country.

Pak Defence Secy under fire over 'no control over army' affidavit in Memo Gate probe
The Pakistan Government has issued a show-cause notice to Defence Secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi for submitting an affidavit on the Memo Gate probe to the Supreme Court without seeking approval from Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar.

PPP co-Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto takes political centre stage in Pakistan
Pakistan People's Party Co-Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is rapidly assuming the political centre stage to mark the start of his career that, according to his supporters, would likely see him become prime minister.

'Pak Supreme Court may come to military's rescue if government sacks army, ISI chief'
The Pakistan army may approach the Supreme Court if the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)- led government sacks either army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani or Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha.

Banned Sipah-e-Sahaba killers of Shahbaz Bhatti to be brought to book: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said red warrants on Shahbaz Bhatti's killers have been issued, and they would be brought to book soon.

Pak political parties, judiciary and army support democracy: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that political parties, the judiciary and the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, have voiced support for democracy, which would dispel rumors of rift between the country's institutions.

'Pak government's attempt to remove army chief Kayani may lead to military mutiny'
Former Pakistan military officer and defense analyst Ikram Sehgal has warned that the government's attempt to remove army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani could lead to a military mutiny because the latter has little faith in the country's civilian authorities.

Imran Khan most popular political leader, PTI party more capable than counterparts, finds survey
Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan is the most popular political leader in Pakistan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is viewed as more popular, capable and trustworthy as compared to its counterparts, a new survey has shown.

Pak Punjab Assembly passes resolution urging Balochistan to resolve people's problems
Pakistan's Punjab Assembly has passed a resolution with majority calling for Balochistan to resolve its people's problems and demanding killers of former governor Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti be brought to book.

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