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July 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
As violence flared along their shared border, Pakistan's prime minister Sunday pledged "seamless cooperation" with Afghanistan in fighting terrorism and Islamic extremism. Shaukat Aziz made the comments during a trip to Kabul, the Afghan capital, to discuss security and trade issues with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The visit comes amid increasing violence in Afghanistan, where more than 700 people have been slain since March.
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July 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
As violence flared along their shared border, Pakistan's prime minister Sunday pledged "seamless cooperation" with Afghanistan in fighting terrorism and Islamic extremism. Shaukat Aziz made the comments during a trip to Kabul, the Afghan capital, to discuss security and trade issues with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The visit comes amid increasing violence in Afghanistan, where more than 700 people have been slain since March.
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August 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's parliament elected former Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz, a close ally of President Pervez Musharraf, as prime minister. Articulate and media-savvy, Aziz, 55, is credited with reforming an economy that was crippled by international sanctions imposed after Pakistan tested nuclear weapons in 1998. The change in prime ministers is not expected to affect key policies such as Pakistan's support of the U.S.-led war on terrorism or the peace process with rival India.
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August 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's parliament elected former Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz, a close ally of President Pervez Musharraf, as prime minister. Articulate and media-savvy, Aziz, 55, is credited with reforming an economy that was crippled by international sanctions imposed after Pakistan tested nuclear weapons in 1998. The change in prime ministers is not expected to affect key policies such as Pakistan's support of the U.S.-led war on terrorism or the peace process with rival India.
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June 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered the withdrawal of a complaint initiated against about 200 journalists who had defied a ban on rallies to protest curbs on the media, the government said. Although no journalists have been arrested for rallying in Islamabad, the capital, the government has come under sharp criticism for what appears to be a crackdown on press freedoms.
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October 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan will hold parliamentary elections in early January, the prime minister said, a vote that will test President Pervez Musharraf's goal of rallying moderates against spreading extremism. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz did not specify a date. Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who have been in power-sharing talks, have both called for moderates to reverse a resurgence of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants along the Afghan border.
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May 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, convicted and sentenced four men to death and three to life in prison for a 2004 suicide bomb attack targeting Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, an official said. An eighth suspect was acquitted for lack of evidence, a court official said. He requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Aziz was unhurt in the July 30, 2004, attack but nine others, including the bomber, were killed.
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January 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's ruling party demanded an apology for an alleged CIA airstrike that killed at least 17 people. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and his ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, condemned the strike on a village near the Afghan border, which intelligence officials said targeted Ayman Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant. Aziz said he was scheduled to leave today for the United States to talk about security issues and meet with business leaders.
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December 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad for discussions that included a proposed gas pipeline project, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said. Iran has proposed to build a 1,600-mile pipeline to export its gas to Pakistan, and possibly India. Kharrazi will also meet with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Foreign Minister Mian Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri.
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May 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The country's tourism minister withdrew her resignation after government leaders reassured her of their support, a government spokesman said. Nilofar Bakhtiar had offered to quit after a radical Islamic cleric criticized her for hugging a parachute instructor after a charity jump in France. The spokesman confirmed reports that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and ruling party chairman Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had talked her into staying.
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August 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz was set to become Pakistan's prime minister next week, after he won a parliamentary seat he needed as a prerequisite to taking the post, officials said. Aziz, who narrowly escaped assassination when a suicide bomber attacked him on the campaign trail three weeks ago, won two by-elections by huge margins, amid opposition claims of vote rigging. "I will do whatever is possible to improve the economy and law and order," he said.
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August 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz was sworn in as prime minister and said his government's greatest challenges would be combating terrorism and maintaining law and order. Aziz promised to modernize the armed forces, reorganize the law enforcement and judicial systems and tackle poverty and unemployment. Aziz, 55, is a close ally of President Pervez Musharraf, whose cooperation with the U.S.
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