ISLAMABAD - A delegation of Parliamentarians from Sindh led by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr here on Thursday.

The delegation besides CM Sindh included Senator Raza Rabbani, Senator A. Rehman Malik, Senator Salim H. Mandviwala, Syed Naveed Qamar, Sharjeel Memon and Syed Murad Qureshi.

On the occasion, the President said that they have raised the bar of tolerance and took the road of reconciliation to strengthen democracy, urging the need for continued journey along this road for the sake of democracy. The President termed the ongoing smooth democratic transition a historic achievement for all and complimented the Parliamentarians, political forces and the entire nation for the first democratic transition in the country. Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the participants of the meeting felicitated the President for successfully completing his five years tenure as President and praised high his efforts for strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in the country and also for the current smooth transition of powers. 

The parliamentarians appreciated the President's policy of tolerance and reconciliation, which they said played a key role in further solidifying democracy and also made possible a smooth transfer of power from one elected government to other.

PPP GOVT DID MUCH FOR FATA PROGRESS

President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the previous democratic government attached highest priority to the socio-economic and political development of FATA and undertook all possible steps to bring the people of tribal areas in to the mainstream of national life. The President was speaking to a delegation from FATA, which called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr here on Thursday. The delegation included among others Dr. G.G. Jamal, Sajid Turi, Shahid Gul Afridi, Haji Bismillah Khan and Bial ur Rehman.

Lauding the huge sacrifices rendered by the people of FATA in the ongoing fight against militancy, the President said that tribal people are the worst sufferers in this battle and emphasized the need for more steps to remove their hardships and creating new vistas of economic opportunities for them.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the delegation thanked the President and the previous democratic government for its efforts aimed at the welfare and uplift of the FATA region and mainstreaming the people of the area.

The delegation particularly thanked the President for the various FATA reforms introduced during its tenure including Amendments in the FCR and Extension of the Political Parties Order 2002 to the tribal areas.

The President said that we kept the promise made to the people of tribal areas and expressed hope that the legal and political reforms in FATA would help rid the tribal people from a century old bondage.

ACHAKZAI CALLS ON PRESIDENT

Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Thursday.

This was his first call since appointment. Both the leaders exchanged views on situation in Balochistan.