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Pakistan's New Prime Minister Vows to Fight Terrorism, Reinstate Judges

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Pakistan's new Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says fighting terrorism will be his government's top priority.

Mr. Gilani made the remark on Saturday in a speech laying out plans for his coalition government's first 100 days. The prime minister said extremism is a serious problem for the country and that the government would be willing to hold talks with militants who lay down their arms.

He also vowed to reinstate senior judges President Pervez Musharraf fired.

Mr. Musharraf purged the Supreme Court of hostile judges when he imposed emergency rule in November.

Earlier today, Mr. Gilani secured the unanimous approval of parliament without a vote of confidence, after allies of President Musharraf pledged to support him.

Mr. Gilani is a long time opponent of President Musharraf, and a member of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party, which emerged as the biggest party in last month's elections.

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