ISLAMABAD (APP) - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Wednesday that the government will welcome efforts of the Opposition parties if they were made in the direction of attaining progress and prosperity of the country. She said any step taken for resolving the problems of the masses and strengthening national institutions and democracy would be welcomed by the PPP government. Talking to a private television, the information minister said that Opposition should help the efforts to smoothly operate and strengthen democratic system in the country. She said the opposition would harm democracy if it made any attempt to damage the institutions or adopt a policy of confrontation. She said that the country was working under a democratic system and this allowed all the political parties to work with full freedom. She said it would be appreciated if the political parties including PML-N and MQM sit together and resolve the problems being faced by the common man. She said dictators had ruled the country for a long period and they had worked only to harm the efforts to set up a solid democratic rule in the country. She said it was certain that the people would resist any attempt to drive a wedge between the national institutions in the country. She advised the opposition to rather strive hard for attaining progress, prosperity and strengthening democracy in the country.