Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has said construction of Kalabagh Dam is a political issue and judiciary should not give verdicts on the issue.

Speaking at a function in Wazirabad on Saturday he said that the government fully respects the judiciary as independent judiciary is vital for democracy.

He said such judgments could lead to criticism of the courts and we don't want that to happen.

The Minister said national consensus is vital before going ahead with the construction of Kalabagh Dam.

He said such issues are usually resolved in Council of Common Interest through political consensus.

The Information Minister said the government will provide every possible security to the journalists enabling them to perform their professional duties.

To a question‚ he said the PPP and its ally PML-Q will contest next general elections jointly.

He said talks are also underway with other political parties for seats adjustment.