MULTAN - Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has said that the issue of the judges' restoration will be resolved after taking all the partners into confidence. Talking to journalists after inaugurating the Bio-technological department of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), the Prime Minister while commenting on a statement of Maulana Fazlur Rehman regarding removal of all PCO judges, said the government had constituted a committee for the restoration of judiciary. "Maulana Fazlur Rehman is our coalition partner and we'll take our partners into confidence for resolving the issue of judges' restoration." To a query on taking MQM on board in Sindh, he said that the MQM was included in the Sindh government for national development. "Over 70 per cent of total industry of the country is in Karachi. It is impossible for us to make development without peace in the city. We've accepted MQM for national development and peace in Karachi," he added. Earlier, while addressing the faculty members of BZU and dignitaries of the town, Prime Minister underlined the importance of education for development and pledged to uplift this sector. "To keep pace with the world and maintain freedom, we need to make our education system compatible with the developed countries so that we can continue development process," he noted. The premier told the audience that PPP government attached a lot of priority to the health and education sectors. "Ever since its inception, the PPP is working on agenda of people's empowerment through education. The establishment of Bahauddin Zakariya University in Bhutto government in 1975 was a milestone in this regard," he added. He lauded the contribution of BZU in development process and said that its graduates played an important role in the uplift of all sectors across the country. Gillani pointed out that the country was facing multiple challenges like energy shortage, poverty, illiteracy and unavailability of healthcare facilities. "We're determined to bring drastic changes in all these areas. We'll eradicate poverty, increase per acre yield, ensure better healthcare facilities and education for all, improve law and order situation and turn Pakistan into a self-reliant country," he vowed. He said the coalition government was working day and night to achieve these goals. "The members of the government are busy in data collection and preparation of working papers. We'll succeed to resolve all these issues with the help of public and political parties," he added. He said the government was committed to create atmosphere of free exchange of ideas and creative interaction in educational institutions. "Free flow of ideas and expression is also a prerequisite of democracy. That's why we have restored students unions," he said and added: "We are confident that the culture of our universities will change and our next generation will fulfil its responsibilities in a befitting manner." Gillani expressed his hope that the BZU would further strengthen itself and offer intellectual support for the development projects of South Punjab. He said the BZU would also supplement efforts for establishment of two new universities in Multan. He maintained that it was the plan of the government to bring this region at par with developed areas. "The university has to play an important role in this plan," he added. He assured the varsity administration of his full support. On a demand made by the vice-chancellor Dr Muhammad Zafar Ullah, the Prime Minister said that he would direct the Higher Education Commission to send abroad 100 faculty members of the university for PhD. He announced that the federal government would also release additional funds for this project, besides offering financial assistance for the construction of bio-technological department and establishment of Gillani Law College. "Besides directing the HEC for funding medical college project of BZU, the government will also release additional funds," he announced. He said Multan is the city of saints, who played a key role in promoting knowledge in subcontinent and harmony in the society. He said he was proud of educational services rendered by his family. "The cause to promote education runs through my blood," he added. Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool said that sustained support to the universities was needed to continue march towards development. He said the last six or seven years turned out to be very fruitful for higher education as hundreds of students went abroad for PhD. "Similarly, not even a single academic day is spoiled during this six-year period. It's laudable," he added. He said the Punjab government paid Rs 6 billion as educational grant to the institutions for the first time in the history while the number of universities got doubled in the province. He announced that the best sport complex of the country would be established in BZU. VC Dr Zafar also spoke on the occasion and briefed the Prime Minister on ongoing development projects of the university. Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated newly constructed Islamic Studies Department, besides laying foundation stones of Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Gillani Law College. Police resorted to baton charge when a group of PSF activists attempted to enter the hall, where the Prime Minister was addressing the faculty members. Resultantly, six PSF workers including AD Mangana and Shahid received injuries. The students carried out sloganeering against police on this occasion.