Yousuf Raza Gilani

Yousuf Raza Gilani, is the current prime minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He was nominated as Prime Minister by the PPP, with the support of its coalition partners, Pakistan Muslim League (N), Awami National Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, on 22 March 2008. He took the oath of office from President Pervez Musharraf on 25 March 2008. Gilani is the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan from the Saraiki-speaking belt. In 2009 Gillani was ranked as the 38th most powerful person in the world by Forbes. He is the longest serving Prime Minister of Pakistan with 45 months in power and still going and his cabinet has more than 100 meetings — the most by any Democratic government in history of Pakistan.

Gillani was born in Karachi on 9 June 1952. He belongs to an influential political family from Multan. His father was a descendant of Syed Musa Pak, a spiritual figure of the Qadiri Sufism order which traces its origins to Abdul-Qadir Gilani. Gilani did his intermediate from Pakistan’s famous University Forman Christian College. He attended Government College and obtained his B.A and M.A. in Journalism from University of the Punjab.

Gillani’s political journey began during General Zia-ul-Haq’s martial law in 1978. He joined the Central Working Committee of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML). He was elected MNA from Lodhran first time in 1985. in 1988 he joined Pakistan Peoples Party and in PPP’s first government of 1988–1990, he was elected MNA from Multan, and became Minister of Tourism from March 1989 to January 1990 and Minister of Housing and Works from January 1990 to August 1990. Later, under another Bhutto government, he became Speaker of the National Assembly in 1993.

Gillani was arrested on 11 February 2001, under the auspices of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), an anti-corruption agency, set up by the military government in 1999, over charges that he misused his authority while he was Speaker of the National Assembly. Specifically, he was accused of hiring up to 600 people from among his constituents and placing them on the government’s payroll.The NAB claimed that Gillani inflicted a loss of Rs 30 million annually on the national exchequer. He was convicted by an anti-corruption court formed by Musharraf and spent nearly six years in prison.

On 24 March 2008, Gillani was elected as Prime Minister by Parliament, defeating his rival, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi of the PML-Q. He was sworn in by Musharraf on the next day, on 29 March, he won a unanimous vote of confidence in Parliament.

He is and his family members remained constantly in news during his premiership for alleged corruptions charges and misuse of powers. His governments is also famous for poor governance and miss management along with some serious corruption scandals like Hajj corruption scandal, OGDCL Scandal, NICL scandal etc.