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Pakistan: New PM To Be Named Tonight

March 22, 2008

By Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas, Pakistan
March 22, 2008

Political games being played in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan have entered a decisive phase. According to a report, the husband of PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto, who was gunned by terrorists before the elections, Asif Ali Zardari has chosen a person from Pubjab province to become the prime minister.
There are also reports of serious differences that have erupted in Pakistan People’s Party as most of the members of National Assembly think that Amir Fahim, president of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians is the right person to lead Pakistan at this critical time.
Reports said that Pakistan Peoples Party would likely to nominate Yousuf Raza Gillani as the new prime minister of the country, sources said.
According to Geo News, PPP has completed consultations with coalition partners about the prime minister and the allies have endorsed the nomination.
The formal announcement of the name of prime minister is expected tonight. Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would announce the name.


Pakistan coalition partners thrash out PM choice

February 22, 2008
by Danny Kemp

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan‘s two biggest opposition parties sought to thrash out their choice for premier Friday after agreeing to form a coalition government that could drive President Pervez Musharraf from power.
An anti-Musharraf lawyer throws a teargas shell towards police ... 
An  anti-Musharraf lawyer throws a teargas shell towards police during a protest rally in Karachi on February 21. Pakistan’s two biggest opposition parties sought to thrash out their choice for premier after agreeing to form a coalition government that could drive President Pervez Musharraf from power.
(AFP/Rizwan Tabassum) 

Ex-premier Nawaz Sharif and the widowed husband of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto said their parties, once bitter rivals, would join forces after trouncing Musharraf’s allies in elections earlier in the week.

Officials from both parties said the frontrunner to be prime minister was Makhdoom Amin Fahim, the widely respected vice president of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

After Friday's prayers, Pakistani Muslims shout slogans as they ... 

United Pakistan (May) Stand

February 18, 2008

By Haider Ali Hussein Mullick
The Washington Post

While most Americans are closely watching their state primaries, Pakistanis are getting ready to vote in a parliamentary election on Monday. On the ballot are Pakistan’s stability, President Pervez Musharraf’s political fate, and the future of the U.S-Pakistan strategic relationship. An environment of rising domestic terrorism, economic uncertainty, and political polarization has made Pakistan a top national security priority for all leading American presidential candidates. The question of the day is, Who will win?
Pakistan's Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) party leader Maulana ... 
Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) party leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman casts his vote at a polling station in Dera Ismael Khan February 18, 2008. Fears of violence overshadowed Pakistan’s general election on Monday with 80,000 troops backing up police to watch over a vote that could return a parliament set on driving President Pervez Musharraf from office.
REUTERS/Mustansar Baloch (PAKISTAN)

But don’t expect a blowout victory on Monday. Indeed, a national consensus government looks increasingly likely – and that may just be what Pakistan needs. Here is why:

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Pakistan People Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, second ...
Pakistan People Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, second from right, casts his vote at Ghulam Haider School polling station in his hometown of Nawabshah, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008. Voters will choose 272 members of the National Assembly, or lower house of parliament, for a five-year term.(AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Pakistan: As Emergency Ends, Musharraf Strengthens Hold On Power

December 17, 2007

By Mark Sappenfield
The Christian Science Monitor
December 16, 2007

When Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule six weeks ago, it was a decision fraught with peril – the opposition was threatening mass protests, and he seemed in imminent danger of being overthrown.

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In lifting the emergency Saturday, however, Mr. Musharraf can be confident that his gambit has worked as well as he could have hoped. In six weeks, he has packed the courts with loyal judges, amended the Constitution to protect him from legal challenges, and eviscerated the media’s powers. And his political opposition is weaker and more fractured than before.

With parliamentary elections still ahead in January, he has not yet won. But he has pulled back from the brink of disaster, and significantly upped his chances of survival.

“He has mastered the art of how to navigate through a critical situation,” say Tarik Jan, a political analyst at the Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad.

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Backstage, U.S. Nurtured Pakistan Rivals’ Deal

October 20, 2007

October 20, 2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 — To lay the groundwork for Benazir Bhutto’s return to Pakistan, some of the highest ranking officials in the Bush administration lavished attention on her as they worked to broker a power-sharing arrangement between Ms. Bhutto and her longtime rival, President Pervez Musharraf.

But the violence that greeted Ms. Bhutto on her return after eight years in exile and the finger-pointing between her camp and General Musharraf’s after the attack on her motorcade on Thursday has raised questions about whether the tenuous deal that the United States helped midwife can survive.

Bush administration officials on Friday publicly played down the potential for a deepening rift between General Musharraf and Ms. Bhutto….

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30 dead in blasts near Bhutto in Karachi

October 18, 2007

By Paisley Dodds, Associated Press Writer

KARACHI, Pakistan – Two explosions went off Thursday night near a truck carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her celebratory return to Pakistan after eight years in exile. Police and party workers said Bhutto was unhurt, but an official said there were at least 30 people killed and 100 wounded.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene said he saw between 50 and 60 dead or badly wounded people. He said some of the bodies were ripped apart.

An initial small explosion was followed by a huge blast just feet from the front of the truck carrying Bhutto during a procession through Karachi. The blast shattered windows in her vehicle.
This is a frame from TV moments after an explosion went off near the vehicle carrying former premier of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, during a parade in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, October 18, 2007.

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Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

October 18, 2007

By PAISLEY DODDS, Associated Press Writer

KARACHI, Pakistan – Benazir Bhutto made a dramatic return to Pakistan on Thursday, ending eight years of exile to launch an ambitious political comeback, as tens of thousands of supporters gathered to greet her amid massive security.

Bhutto, who is expected to seek the premiership for an unprecedented third time and partner in ruling Pakistan with U.S.-backed President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was in tears as she descended the steps of a commercial flight that brought her from Dubai to Karachi, where jubilant crowds of flag-waving, drum-thumping supporters waited to give her a rousing welcome.

“I counted the hours, I counted the minutes and the seconds, just to see this land, to see the grass, to see the sky. I feel so emotionally overwhelmed,” said Bhutto, who wore a white headscarf and clutched prayer beads in her right hand.

Bhutto hopes for peaceful revival of democracy in Pakistan

August 10, 2007

The India Times
August 10, 2007

NEW DELHI: Unsure whether President Pervez Musharraf was leading her “up the garden path”, former premier Benazir Bhutto hopes that the Pakistan Supreme Court would facilitate “peaceful revival” of the Constitution and restoration of democratic process.

At the same time, the London-based Bhutto admitted that she was “talking” with Musharraf with whom there is a “lot of agreement” on several issues while “one or two still are outstanding”.

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Musharraf rebuffed as Pakistan judge back in office

July 21, 2007

by Danny Kemp

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan’s top judge began his first full day back in office after a court rebuffed his suspension by under-fire President Pervez Musharraf, a verdict hailed by key ally Washington.

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s Supreme Court victory on Friday sparked scenes of jubilation in several cities, with lawyers dancing and shouting “Go, Musharraf, go” outside the house of the man who has become an opposition hero.

The decision piled pressure on Musharraf ….

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