ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has invited opposition to come forward and join the government in the process of holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

Addressing an Iftar-dinner hosted in the honour of notables of Gujar Khan in Islamabad Friday evening‚ Raja said that the way appointment of consensus Chief Election Commissioner was made he wanted to thrash out differences through dialogue with opposition for paving the way for holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

He said that being a true democrat, he believed that masses would decide the fate of political parties in future elections for which all the stakeholders should join hands and would accept the collective wisdom of the masses.

The Prime Minister said that the general elections were approaching fast and added that PPP was all set for the elections with optimism that they would once again return victorious to serve the masses.

He also said that PPP was sincerely preparing for holding the elections in a most transparent fashion and asked the opposition to come forward and play its due role in accomplishing this task.

He further said that PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari had already asked the party leaders and workers to get ready for the general elections and said that they would be going to the next general elections on the basis of their performance, which according to him, was quite impressive in the face of the appalling challenges which they faced at the time when the took over the rule in 2008.

Listing some of the achievements of his government, Raja said that when the had taken over the charge of government in 2008 their was food insecurity in the country but now there was no such problem in the country and despite the flood devastations in 2010 and later unprecedented rains in 2011 the country was having ample food reserves.

He also referred to the unanimous passage of 7th NFC Award, 18th constitutional amendment, awarding of political status to Gilgit-Baltistan, extending of Political Parties Act to FATA and over 90 per cent implementation on Charter of Democracy as some of the key achievements of PPP lead coalition government.

Dispelling the impression of declining popularity of the PPP lead coalition government Prime Minister said that if this would be the case the PPP candidates would not have returned successful in the recent by-polls held various parts of the country.

He said the PPP is ready for elections and it will win elections on the basis of its performance.