ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he sees no threat to democracy, adding that no matter what happens, the PPP will not disappoint the nation and people will find them fully prepared to face any eventuality with courage and determination.

This he said while chairing a meeting of Senators and MNAs from PPP here at Aiwan-e-Sadr Friday night. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was also present on the occasion.

Briefing about the meeting, spokesperson to the president said the meeting renewed the party’s commitment to strengthen democracy and the democratic institutions in the country, in addition to continuing to resist any attempt meant for undermining democracy and civil institutions. The President said they were aware of their obligations as to how they would fulfil their commitments they made with the people who had never been heard, and would take all measures that promise fulfilling the aspirations of people.

The president said the Party initiated a consultative process with its political partners and allies in connection with formation of new provinces as well as Senate elections. He said appropriate legislative measures would soon be taken for formation of Seraiki province in consultation with the coalition partners.

The president already held a consultative meeting with parliamentary leaders of the coalition parties, the spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said. He said the government has decided to hold by-elections to all the vacant seats at the earliest completing the Constitutional requirements in this regard.

Addressing the participants, the prime minister said their decision to support a private-member bill, which made it binding upon all the public servants to declare their assets as the parliamentarians did, was a major step to ensure across the board accountability. However, efforts made in this regard in the past were foiled on tenuous ground, he said.  He said the declaration and publication of assets of all those drawing salary from public exchequer was a historical step that would be pursued until its logical conclusion. He said any attempt to subvert it would be exposed and resisted to. He said the government also lifted ban on government jobs. The president said the leadership was aware of the challenges facing the country that was why it decided to hold dialogues with all the political parties and leaders, as it wanted to strengthen democracy in the country and steer the country out of the prevailing challenges.

Discussing power and energy crisis, the president said that power and energy challenges were amongst the greatest challenges that continue to haunt the people of the country and the government was taking all possible measures to address these issues. The PM recounted various decisions taken during the recent cabinet meeting to address power and energy crises. He said funds for Thar Coal project had been released. He expressed a hope that the government would overcome the power crisis.

The president called upon all the parliamentarians to reach out to people and hold rallies and public gatherings at divisional levels. 

Later, parliamentarians from the party spoke on various political issues facing the country. Farzana Raja also gave a rundown of the progress made by Benazir Income Support Programme.