LAHORE - Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said in unambiguous terms that the government would not take dictation from anyone for a military operation in North Waziristan and would work out a strategy on the subject on the basis of its assessment of the on-ground situation. We are not taking dictation from anyone. Well see whether such an operation is required, he said while answering telephonic questions from WaqtTV viewers in his regular monthly programme Prime Minister On Line. After the recent five-hour visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen newspapers have been publishing speculative reports on the issue. Some say that the operation in North Waziristan would be launched soon, others think that it would be possible after a month. The prime minister said military action was not the solution of the problem. He reiterated his three-D policy: Dialogue, Development and Deterrence, to deal with militants and extremists. The prime minister repeated his talks offer to militants in tribal areas, provided they lay down arms and surrender to respective political agents. He said those desirous of talks with the government should stop challenging the writ of the government. He said the government would take on terrorists and make Pakistan a terrorist-free state. The prime minister said Pakistan did not have good opinion of Osama Bin Laden as it was because of him that 36,000 people, six thousand of them security personnel, lost their lives. He said Pakistan still had some misunderstandings with the United States and a difference of opinion on the drone attacks. However, he said ISI-CIA relationship has been repaired. Efforts, he said, were being made to restore mutual trust between the two countries. The prime minister said Pakistan had strategic partnership with the United States but ties between the two had been through many ups and downs in various periods. Pakistan, he emphasized, wanted good relations with all countries, including its neighbours, India and Afghanistan. About the drone attacks, he said they were against Pakistans sovereignty, spirit of the resolution passed at a joint session of parliament as well as public opinion. Pakistan, he said, had raised the matter with the US at diplomatic level and told in clear terms that these attacks were counterproductive as they thwarted governments efforts to isolate the militants from other tribesmen. He said the government had also told the US that unilateral actions like the one taken in Abbottabad on May 2 would not be acceptable. There has been some decline in (the number of drone) attacks, he said, implying that the protests had yielded some results. Answering a question, the prime minister said the government was aware of its obligation to provide security to all citizens. For this purpose, he said, the federal government and all relevant provincial institutions of provinces would chalk out necessary measures. He said efforts were being made that the role of all institutions should be complementary. He said it would not be fair to put entire responsibility of security on the armed forces. We are trying to formulate a strategy in which we must compliment each other. Also, we are trying to be able to pre-empt (terrorist activities) rather than act in reaction or self-defence. In response to a question about the investigation of the attack on the naval base, the prime minister said: While departmental inquiry is mandatory, a joint investigation team has also been constituted after the registration of the FIR. He pointed out that at the recent Defence Committee of the Cabinet meeting, the Naval chief had proposed that an independent commission should be set up; and the government is examining the possibility. Responding to a question, he said it was wrong to say that Pakistan had adopted an apologetic attitude and was not involving India in terrorist activities even after getting proof. Ours is a responsible, not apologetic, attitude. If we follow Indian example, saner elements in the world would not like it. Well share proof of Indian involvement (in various incidents) when we are asked to do so. About the next years budget, which is due to be announced on Friday), the prime minister said government wanted to give maximum relief to people. According to him, an amount of Rs 730 billion was being allocated for development schemes. He said the share of the provinces out of federal divisible pool was being raised in the light of the new formula. He said fluctuation in petroleum prices was because of the trends in international market. When his attention was drawn to PML-Ns preparations for fresh elections, the prime minister said his government would complete its mandated five-year term. Indicating that the next elections would be held on time, the prime minister said those wanting to contest should prepare themselves. In response to a question, the prime minister said that victims of last years floods would be given another instalment of compensation very soon. The victims were given only one instalment of Rs 20,000 against the promised amount of Rs 100,000. About the absence of Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar from all important meetings since the May 2 Abbottabad episode, Prime Minister Gilani said it was a non-issue which was unnecessarily being magnified by the media. He said everyone must bear in mind that if the defence minister was not around, the prime minister looked after the portfolio. According to him, Ahmed Mukhtar had to go to the US for personal reasons, for which he had sought permission during his visit to China. He rejected reports that the leader from Gujrat had developed differences with the leadership because of the partys recent decision to strike a power-sharing deal with the Chaudhrys of the same city. The prime minister claimed that Ahmed Mukhtar was on board and there was no question of any differences. About the monster of loadshedding and the governments failure to honour its commitments to overcome energy shortages, the prime minister said the government had prepared short- medium- and long-term plans to grapple with the problem. He said already 2,000MW power had been added to the national grid and work was going on many other projects. The prime minister said private sector was also being encouraged to make investment in power sector, and provinces had been allowed to launch energy projects. In response to a question, he said technical education centres would be set up across the country to enable the youth to equip themselves with skills that could help them get jobs. He said IT campuses would be set up in all districts and special stipends would be given to students to attract them to this sector.