KARACHI President Asif Ali Zardari has stressed the need for collective efforts to deal with the challenges, confronted the nation, saying that strengthening democracy is essential for a bright future of the country. He was speaking at Mohatta Palace here on Monday while laying the foundation stone for a cultural complex. The President said to save and secure the future generations from the serious challenges, confronted the nation, a strong and better Pakistan was needed. I myself started the process of political reconciliation so that the future of the coming generations could be secured, President Zardari elaborated. The government, he said, would continue to follow the journey of progress and development in accordance with the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and her daughter Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. President Zardari hoped that this initiative would enable future generations in the country to derive a path-breaking cultural advantage. He said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was the pioneer of vision for Mohatta Palace Museum Cultural Complex (MPMCC) and walked in the spirits of her father. He said he had given necessary advice to the federal and provincial governments in connection with the completion of (MPMC). The President declared that it was the responsibility of the government and the people to safeguard the historical heritage and added that Karachi would be made one of the greatest cities of the world. The President said the government would play its due role in saving the cultural heritage. Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and Trustee of Mohatta Palace Hameed Haroon appreciated the vision of the government in protecting and safeguarding the cultural heritage. The ceremony was attended by Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul Ebad, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Provincial Ministers and elite of city and officials. Meanwhile, addressing the 92nd passing-out parade of Pakistan Naval Academy cadets here, President Asif Ali Zardari made it clear that peaceful policy of Pakistan should not be considered as its weakness, adding that the armed forces are fully prepared to face internal and external threats. The President said Pakistan is a peace-loving country and not involved in the arms race in the region but its forces are fully capable of facing any threat to the national borders. Our desire for peace must not be taken as a sign of weakness and that our armed forces are ready to meet all challenges. He stated it was our duty to fight against external and internal enemies who disrupt our peace and progress, adding that efforts should be made to bring prosperity to the people. Zardari also pointed out that PPP would not disappoint its country and nation. He enunciated that Pakistan does not want an arms race in the region but at the same time we must remain prepared to meet any threat to our sovereignty. He emphasised that a strong navy was necessary to meet any challenge to our maritime security. The President said the recent induction of PNS Zulfiqar and helicopters was intended to strengthen our naval fleet. He said he was pleased that Pakistan Navy was following the path of self-reliance and construction of submarines in the country was a significant step forward in this direction. Zardari urged that there should be optimum use of the national resources. He said, The country is facing new challenges to its security and extremism is a big threat to our existence. We need a united national commitment to fight and defeat militancy. The President pointed out that the government has given political ownership to the fight against militancy and terrorism. He said Pakistan Navys participation in the Coalition Maritime Campaign (CMCP) has enhanced the navys professional capabilities in checking arms, drugs and human smuggling. It has also improved our capacity to fight militancy which poses a threat to our national security, he added. He said it was reassuring that Pakistan Navy commanded thrice the Maritime Task Force 150, adding that it showed our resolve towards international peace. The President said it also reflected high professional standards of Pakistan Navy. On the occasion, President Zardari urged the young naval officers to dedicate themselves to the profession and protect the sea-lanes of the countrys communication. He said he was pleased to learn that Pakistan Naval Academy was training cadets from the brotherly countries of Kazakhstan, Maldives, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Sudan. Earlier, President Zardari inspected the guard of honour of the naval cadets and gave away prizes to the cadets.