LAHORE - Democracy cannot be strengthened in Pakistan, as long as our political leaders lack democratic attitude and it will take us much time to make the country a complete democratic state. This was stated by renowned journalist Irshad Ahmad Haqqani while addressing a seminar on 'Consultation on Political Crisis and Measures to Sustain Democratic Process' held under the aegis of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Wednesday. Among the speakers included Imtiaz Alam, Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Hussain Naqi, Pervez Rasheed, SM Masood and others. Haqqani said the working relationship between our political leaders and military kept worsening following the partition of the Sub-continent. "After the demise of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he said, we were unfortunate to have a charismatic leadership. He said unity was the need of the hour. He said the democracy could be strengthened with the passage of time and could not be done over night. However, he said, the worst situation in the near future could not be ruled out, as the present leadership was incapable to handle the ongoing crisis. He was of the view that reconciliation "if happens between the two major political parties, it will be temporary and not a permanent one." "The only solution to the present crisis is that the politicians should learn to tolerate one another," he observed. Imtiaz Alam said that confrontation was not in the favour of the democracy and leadership of the PPP and PML-N was merely inviting the military to take over the charge of the country once again. He said the country was not in a position to experience a dictatorial rule anymore. SM Masood said the democratic forces should be given free hand to confront with each other and ultimately there would be a time when all the issues would be settled. Journalist Iftikhar Ahmad said, "We must regard the mandate of the Punjab government while accepting the results of the general elections of February 18, 2008," otherwise "if military takes over," the intellectuals sitting in this seminar would be equally responsible for that." Some participants of the seminar opposed dialogues with the militants also.