Media Watch Desi: Bachcha Jamhoora Spared,
Update: Better sense prevailed and the teenager prodigy was spared the ignominy. The statenment was "read" by Farhatullah Babar naming Yusuf Raza Gilani as the "PM."
Ex-Speaker Yusuf Raza Gillani had been front-runner for the post
The Pakistan People's Party nominated ex-Speaker Yusuf Raza Gillani for the post to lead a coalition government with ex-PM Nawaz Sharif's PML(N) party.
Analysts say the appointment is widely expected to be a stop-gap measure and Ms Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari, may be poised to eventually take over.
The coalition is expected to try to curb President Musharraf's powers.
Pakistan to Talk With Militants, New Leaders Say - Jane Perlez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Faced with a sharp escalation of suicide bombings in urban areas, the leaders of Pakistan’s new coalition government say they will negotiate with the militants believed to be orchestrating the attacks, and will use military force only as a last resort.
That talk has alarmed American officials, who fear it reflects a softening stance toward the militants just as President Pervez Musharraf has given the Bush administration a freer hand to strike at militants using pilotless Predator drones.
Many Pakistanis, however, are convinced that the surge in suicide bombings — 17 in the first 10 weeks of 2008 — is retaliation for three Predator strikes since the beginning of the year. The spike in attacks, combined with the crushing defeat of Mr. Musharraf’s party in February parliamentary elections, has brought demands for change in his American-backed policies.