ISLAMABAD -  Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Wednesday said there was no confrontation among the institutions and democracy was moving ahead smoothly.

Addressing the meeting of the federal cabinet here, Abbasi said the government believed in the supremacy of the parliament and wanted consensus on national issues .

A participant of the meeting told The Nation that the PM asked the ministers not to ‘create issues’ when the government was already confronted with several challenges.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is playing the role of the government and the opposition at the same time as ousted premier Nawaz Sharif faces corruption references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau.

Sharif sees a conspiracy behind his ouster and is planning to launch a public campaign to prove his point. The government supports Sharif’s assertion but is reluctant to go too far, fearing threats to PML-N’s stay in power.

A federal minister, who attended the cabinet meeting, said Abbasi asked his team to support Sharif but avoid creating a law and order situation.

“The issue of the delimitation of the constituencies was also discussed. The government wants consensus on the issue to conduct the general elections on time (mid-2018),” he added.

An official statement issued after the meeting said that cabinet allowed the State Bank of Pakistan to acquire shares of the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited and the House Building Finance Company Limited.

“The arrangement would settle the loans owed to SBP by ZTBL and HBFCL,” said the statement.

The Combined Financial Statements of the Federation, all provincial governments and district authorities for the years 2010-2011 to 2013-2014 were also placed before the federal cabinet for perusal.

The cabinet approved a proposal for issuance of 50,000 pieces of commemorative coins of Rs50 in honour of Dr Ruth Pfau.

The federal cabinet approved a proposal to replace Faryal Jooma with Haq Nawaz as one of the members of the Board of Directors of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation Limited.

Appointment of Director Industrial and Commercial Relations in the Pakistan Ordinance Factories Board was approved by the cabinet, the statement said.

The federal cabinet agreed to a proposal to appoint Nawaz Raza, Chief Reporter Nawa-e-Waqt and Sarmad Ali, Managing Director Jang as private members of the Board of Directors of Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation.

Appointment of four officers of Inland Revenue Service as Accountant Members in the Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue was also approved.

The cabinet approved the appointment of Muhammad Azam as Director General Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan for a term of three years.

Proposals submitted by Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination regarding maximum retail prices of drugs were approved in principle.

Proposal of the Ministry of Education and Professional Training to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Technical and Vocational Training between Algeria and Pakistan was also approved.

The cabinet approved the appointment of Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar as Chairman Karachi Port Trust for a period of three years.

The cabinet also approved appointment of Naeem Y Zamindar as the Chairman of Board of Investment.