MULTAN - Apparently in a goodwill gesture to the PML-N, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said PPP members of the Punjab Assembly would not follow the footsteps of the Opposition at National Assembly during the forthcoming Punjab budget session. Well set good traditions. Well not take any step that jeopardises democracy, he said while talking to a delegation of editors of national newspapers here at Circuit House. It is for the second time in just 24 hours that the Prime Minister has expressed the same intentions. His words are being seen as an attempt to cool down PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif, who has strongly criticised Gilani government and PPP in his recent speeches. Gilani said those wanting to destabilise democracy were not friends of Pakistan. He told the editors that a manifesto committee of the PPP had held two meetings and Saraiki province issue was also discussed as it was part of the manifesto. Well interpret the sentiments of masses, he added. He directed the administration to expedite work on journalist colony. He also issued orders for providing appropriate place for the construction of newspaper market. He declared that the Press Information Department Multan would be upgraded and equipped with latest facilities. He said the government presented a public-friendly budget keeping in view prevailing conditions to improve the lot of people. He said the government inherited multiple challenges but it made utmost efforts to cope with them. Citing the examples, he said that international financial crisis, flood and terrorism badly damaged Pakistans economy. Even yet weve presented a public-friendly budget, he added. He said the PPP was a sign of federation and national unity as it kept the entire country united. Later on, delegations of hawkers and Photojournalists Association also called on Prime Minister Gilani. He announced Rs1 million annual grant for the Photojournalist Association, besides a still camera for each photographer. . Meeting with lawyers Talking to a delegation of lawyers, the Prime Minister said lawyers played a historic and unforgettable role for the restoration of democracy and judiciary in the country. He said both great leaders of Pakistan movement - Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Muhammad Iqbal - were lawyers. He said the PPP always strived for rule of law in the country. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave the country a unanimous constitution while current government purged it of amendments made by the dictators, he added. The Premier announced Rs20 million grant for lawyers colony and asked the black coats to talk to the Punjab government for acquiring land. He asked the local administration to expedite the pace of work on judicial complex. He also announced Rs30 million for High Court Bar Multan, besides allocating Rs5 million for Lawyers Welfare Trust. The Prime Minister also accepted an invitation from the lawyers to address High Court Bar. Meeting with clerics Talking to a delegation of 18-member delegation of Wifaqul Madaris Al-Arabia, the Prime Minister declared the terrorists foreign agents being operated by their foreign masters to implement anti-Pakistan agenda. He asked the religious institutions to extend cooperation to the government for uprooting terrorism. He said neither the extremists were sincere with Islam nor with the country. He told the delegation that the government launched a 3D strategy - Defence, Dialogue and Development - to eliminate terrorism from the country. Gilani disclosed that he had directed the Interior Minister Rehman Malik to hold a meeting with the representatives of Wifaq to finalise a uniform curriculum for all seminaries in the country. Advocating the importance of contemporary knowledge, he stressed upon the organisers of seminaries to impart information technology training and education to their students so that they could earn livelihood. The Prime Minister was of the opinion that the only way to put the country on path of progress and prosperity was to promote education in the society.