Entries in Yousaf Gilani (2)


Obama, Pakistani PM Concede Strained Ties, Vow to Rebuild Alliance

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Acknowledging their strained relationship, President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gillani vowed on Tuesday to rebuild their frayed alliance, following a period of increased tension between their two countries.

“There have been times, I think we should be candid, over the last several months where those relations have had periods of strains,”  Obama told reporters before the two leaders held private talks on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.  “I welcome the fact that the Parliament of Pakistan is reviewing, after some extensive study, the nature of this relationship.”

“I think it's important to get it right.  I think it's important for us to have candid dialogue, to work through these issues,” he said.

The relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan broke down last May after the killing of Osama bin Laden in a covert U.S. raid on Pakistani soil.  The alliance further ruptured in November when a NATO airstrike mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Both leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to working toward a stable Afghanistan, after a series of major setbacks in the country.

“We're both interested in a stable and secure Afghanistan and a stable and secure region,” Obama said.

The sentiment was echoed by the prime minister. 

“We want stability in Afghanistan,” Gillani said.  “We want to work together, with you, to have peace and prosperity.”

Obama also stressed that it’s in both the U.S. and Pakistan’s interests to see an Afghan-led reconciliation process.

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Prime Minister of Pakistan to Be Charged with Contempt of Court

TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- In a move sure to further destabilize government in Islamabad, the top court in Pakistan has decided to proceed with contempt of court charges against Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani for refusing to reopen a corruption case against Pakistani President Asif Zardari.

The contempt case against Gilani began last month after the prime minister failed to write a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen an old corruption investigation involving President Zardari, the Pakistan Observer reports.  The seven justices unanimously ruled to proceed with the charges against Gilani, despite the government's adamance that Zardari could not be prosecuted while he is head of state, according to the Observer.

Attorneys for Gilani say they have plans to appeal the ruling. If the appeal should fail, Gilani will have to return to court Feb. 13, where the contempt charges will initiate.  

If Gilani is convicted, he could face up to six months in jail and be ejected from power.

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