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Yousuf Raza Gilani

About Yousuf Raza Gilani

Makhdoom Yousuf Raza Gilani is the former Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Yousuf Raza Gilani Timeline

Personal Biography

Gilani is the son of Makhdoom Alamdar Hussain Gilani, one of the signatory to the Pakistan Resolution. He has a wife, four sons and one daughter. He has command of several languages.

Professional Biography

Political career

Gilani started his political career in 1978 after the death of his father Makhdoom Alamdar Hussain Gilani. His grandfather Makhdoom Ghulam Mustafa Shah Gilani and paternal uncle Makhdoom Raza Shah Gilani both became MLAs after defeating the unionists in the 1946 elections. Makhdoom Raza Shah Gilani also held the dual office of Chairman District Board Multan. Yousuf Raza Gillani's great grandfather Makhdoom Raja Bakhsh Gilani was both Mayor of Multan in 1921 and member of the Central Legislative Assembly of India. He remained member of the Assembly from 1921 till he died in 1936 and was known as the father of the Indian Assembly.

Yousuf Raza Gilani was elected Chairman of the District Council Multan comprising the present three districts of Khanewal, Lodhran and Multan by defeating the sitting Local Government Minister Syed Fakhr Imam. In 1985 Yousuf Raza Gilani was elected as MNA, as an independent candidate, from Lodhran district Multan and became the Minister for Housing and Works and Railways in the Junejo Cabinet. In 1988 he was awarded the PPP ticket and defeated the sitting Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Nawaz Sharif. In 1990 again on the PPP ticket he was elected as MNA by defeating Makhdoom Hamid Raza Gilani, an ex federal minister

In 1993 he was awarded PPP ticket and defeated Malik Sikander Hayt Bosan. He contested election in 1997 on a PPP ticket but the Party did not win a single seat in the Punjab at that time. He was sentenced in 2001 and spent several years in jail and could not contest the 2002 elections. He could have secured his release from jail by ditching the party, but refused to do so. Yousuf Raza Gilani was made Senior Vice Chairman of the Party in 1998. In 2008 he was elected MNA after defeating the federal food minister.

As Prime Minister of Pakistan

In March 08, the Pakistan People's Party expressed joy at the selection of Gilani as Pak PM.

In June 2010, Gilani has held the previous military regimes of General Ziaul Haq and General Pervez Musharraf for the rampant corruption in the country.

On Pakistan Nuclear Plans

Gilani said that Pakistan will seek a civil nuclear agreement with the United States similar to the one that it has signed with India.

Yousuf Raza Gilani's views

Other Professional Information

In October 08, on recommendations of an intelligence report, Yousuf Raza Gilani, along with others are asked to restrict their movement and keep their itineraries confidential under a new security plan.

Yousuf Raza Gilani's quotes

  • US-India civil nuclear pace, he said, it is now "our right to do agreements with other countries regarding nuclear technology"#

Yousuf Raza Gilani in News

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

Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf summoned by Supreme Court
Prime Minister fails to reopen corruption cases against President Zardari

Ousted premier Gilani considers himself a 'winner' despite SC verdict
Former Pakistan premier Yousuf Raza Gilani considers himself a 'winner' despite his disqualification from office by the Supreme Court since, according to him, his stance had been endorsed by parliament.

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.

Zardari disgracing PM's office to save corruption: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that President Asif Ali Zardari was "disgracing the prime minister's office to save his corruption".

'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.

Political turmoil in Pak clouding resumption of NATO supplies decision
Political uncertainty over the fate of the civilian government could possibly delay the reopening of vital land routes for the U.S.-led foreign forces in Afghanistan for a period much longer than previously expected, an official has said.

Pak SC presses PM Ashraf to reopen graft cases against Prez Zardari
The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the Attorney General to consult Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and inform the court regarding the NRO implementation case.

Pak Army denies having played any role in Gilani's ouster
The Pakistan Army has denied any involvement in the events leading to the ouster of Yousuf Raza Gilani as the premier, saying the accusations, some of which come from the U.S., are based on false narratives.

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.

UK welcomes Indo-Pak steps to building trust
Britain's Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Howell, has welcomed the positive steps being taken by Pakistan and India to build trust and confidence.

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.

Gilani to live in lap of luxury with lifetime of perks and privileges post removal
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will continue to enjoy the perks and privileges that come with a premier, even after his ouster.

Zardari issues ordinance granting indemnity to Gilani's post April 26 actions
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has issued an ordinance providing legal cover to all the actions taken by former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani between his conviction by the Supreme Court (SC) on April 26 and his actual removal on June 19.

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.

Gilani shifts to Presidency after disqualification
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, following his dismissal from the post and the election of Raja Pervez Ashraf, has moved out of the Prime Minister House and into the Presidency.

Pak SC moved for directions to new PM over Swiss letter
An advocate has moved a petition before the Pakistan Supreme Court requesting to issue directions to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to write to the Swiss authorities asking them to reopen the cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Now, Zardari put on notice for 'contempt of court' by Lahore High Court
The Lahore High Court has served a notice on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari for holding multiple offices despite an earlier order against it, according to a report.

Manmohan Singh congratulates new Pak PM Raja Pervez Ashraf
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has congratulated Raja Pervez Ashraf on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

ISI chief 's Qatar visit fuels 'intelligence back channel' talks to repair US ties rumours
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha's visit to Qatar, which has the US Central Command's (Centcom) regional headquarters, has fuelled speculations about an 'intelligence back channel' dialogue between Pakistan and the US.

Haqqani's lawyer Asma Jahangir questions ISI chief General Pasha's meeting with Ijaz
Former Pakistani envoy Husain Haqqani's counsel Asma Jahangir has questioned the meeting between the Inter Services Intelligence chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha and businessman Mansoor Ijaz without the permission of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Balochistan Minister dubs 'dubious' Malik as 'foreign agent'
A Balochistan Minister has branded Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik as a dubious person in the assembly session and questioned him over whether he is the Minister or a foreign agent.

Haqqani's counsel urges Pak Supreme Court to summon Ijaz for Memo Gate probe
Former Pakistan envoy Husain Haqqqani's counsel, Asma Jehangir has pleaded before the Supreme Court that American-Pakistani businessman Mansoor Ijaz be summoned before the bench for cross-questioning in connection with the Memo Gate probe.

Jehangir questions Pasha's motive behind meeting Mansoor Ijaz
Asma Jehangir has questioned a meeting between the ISI chief Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz who had allegedly authored the controversial memo, a day after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had adopted a soft attitude towards the military leadership.

India, Pakistan discuss demilitarization of LoC
Pakistan has proposed to India to move heavy artillery away from the Line of Control (LoC).

Pak not to tolerate memo contents: Chief Justice
The Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said the country does not tolerate the contents of the memo.

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.

Pak Federation slams memo as 'pack of lies' in reply to Supreme Court probe
The Pakistani federation has slammed the memo as a pack of lies, adding that it indicates US-based businessman Mansoor Ijaz's attempt to pitch the country's institutions against one another.

Pak government not planning to oust army chief Kayani, ISI head Pasha: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has rebuffed speculations that the government is planning to sack the country's top military leadership.

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