MULTAN - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said Pakistan was passing through the toughest times of its history. The country was facing economic crisis and the government was making efforts to steer it out of it, Premier Gilani said while talking to the media here at Qasim Bela area. He also addressed a public gathering besides inaugurating construction work of Qasim Bela Main Road. The Prime Minister said the government would welcome Richard Holbrooke because he had been appointed as special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. "We enjoy good relations with the US and want to maintain these ties," the Premier declared while talking to the media here at Qasim Bela area. He said terrorism was a regional issue and that it should be addressed at regional level. He said it was a mere misconception of enemies that they could get Pakistan declared terrorist through propaganda. "Our foreign policy is very strong and the entire world stands by us," he added. He revealed that legislation would be introduced under Charter of Democracy to evolve transparent method for accountability. "It will be an institution where accountability of every influential and prominent personality could be carried out," he claimed. He said the older accountability bureau lost efficacy as it was used for political victimisation and seek revenge. "The credibility of NAB had become zero," he maintained. The Premier said he would not make any comment on the Mumbai attacks investigations at this time, as the report would be presented on Monday (today) in the meeting of the Defence Coordination Committee. "The Defence Coordination Committee will convene and the report will be presented there," he added. He further said he would give his opinion after reviewing the report. He said the government was determined to make parliament a strong and superior institution with a view to making all decisions in the house. He reiterated that the government would promulgate such laws which would offer protection to the public and strengthen institutions. He claimed that the government enjoyed overwhelming public support and it would resolve all public-related issues. He disclosed that the employment task force was dissolved to strengthen the public representatives. "Now the ministers and parliamentarians will hold open courts and get the people jobs matching to their qualifications," he claimed. Earlier, addressing the 9th convocation of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani hoped that the graduates of the varsity would discharge their national responsibilities in a better way. He said the government not only was striving to support existing institutions but also adopted measures to establish new ones. "Projects like medical college, women university, new girls and boys colleges as well as schools are part of this vision," he added. He said national progress and development was not possible without excelling in education. He noted that no country or nation could deal with social, economic and political problems without education. "That's why we're promoting literacy rate in the country", he added. PM Gilani further stated that the experiments and examples of other developing and developed countries proved that the development was not subject to just economic strength rather it needed political stability. He said the government was committed to strengthen education sector at all levels. "We'll adopt all-out measures and initiatives to promote the talent of Pakistani youth," he resolved. He said the BZU played an important role in socio-economic development of this region. "I ask the university to extend professional assistance for upcoming mega projects in this area," he directed the VC. He stressed on BZU to evolve linkage with local industry to share knowledge with them. Later, the Prime Minister awarded PhD degrees to 27 scholars besides conferring gold medals on 35 toppers of different disciplines. Federal Minister for Defence Production Abdul Qayum Jatoi, State Minister for Education Mehr Ghulam Farid Kathia, Chairperson HEC Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali and BZU Vice-Chancellor Dr Zafar Ullah Khan were also present on this occasion. The Premier also announced a number of development projects worth millions for BZU and Multan. He issued orders for release of Rs378 million for construction of agriculture and engineering colleges as well as completion of other projects in BZU. He also announced another Rs50 million as an initial chunk for the construction of Gilani Law College. Similarly, he announced a 20-bed hospital, girls high school, playground and land for graveyard for Qasim Bela area. This area is located in NA-151, the constituency of the Prime Minister. He said that all promises made with the public during election campaign would be fulfilled. Earlier, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani inaugurated construction work of Qasim Bela and Masoom Shah Roads. APP adds: addressing the convocation, he said South Punjab remained neglected in the past, but now its sense of deprivation would be redressed. He said the government was alive to the needs of South Punjab in education and health sectors. He said economic as well as political stability were inter-linked and were essential for development of a country.