LAHORE - PPP Secretary General Senator Jahangir Badr on Saturday said that approval of 18th constitutional amendment by parliament will strengthen democracy in the country. He was talking to media persons outside accountability courts on Saturday where he had come to attend proceedings of two NAB references against him. He said PPP believed in creating a consensus among all political parties for solving all national issues that was why it took one year to prepare the draft of the amendment. He said the political parties should work closely even after the approval of the constitutional amendment as it was essential for progress of the country. Answering a question about non-participation of Mian Nawaz Sharif in joint session of parliament, Badr said he had no information about the reasons. Commenting over much-talked marriage of Sub-continent, he said Shoaib Malik had a meeting with him before leaving for India. I had suggested him to announce his marriage with full zeal and zest, he added. Meanwhile, the court adjourned till April 17 hearing on references of acquiring illegal assets and making illegal appointments in petroleum ministry against Badr. 'Govt's claim to export wheat a lie' Terming the Punjab governments target of exporting 5 million metric ton wheat a 'lie, PML-Q leader Raja Basharat said that the provincial government neither had funds nor jute bags to meet the wheats export target. He was talking to various party leaders at the Muslim League House here on Saturday. The provincial government should provide cheap wheat to the people, as the price of wheat in international market was 40 per cent low than Pakistan, Basharat maintained, adding farmers were compelled to sell the wheat at Rs 800 per maund instead of Rs 950 per maund due to governments ambiguous policy in this regard. He said that wheat purchase campaign started with delay due to financial crisis and this would hit an average farmer while the provincial government neither provided the farmers jute bags nor the procurement centres were established. He said that people of the province needed cheap wheat and the provincial government should provide the people wheat on cheap prices by giving them subsidy.