ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the government was determined to boost the national nuclear programme and Pakistani armed forces were fully capable of guarding national frontiers. Speaking in the National Assembly on Thursday, to mark the session of the first constituent assembly which was held on this day in Karachi in 1947, Gilani vowed to steer the country out of crises through collective efforts by following the vision and philosophy of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Paying rich tributes to Father of the Nation, he said the Muslims under the able guidance of Quaid-e-Azam got an independent state through democratic means and now 'we have to make collective efforts for its development and prosperity. It is our responsibility to strengthen the country and make strenuous efforts to wipe out the menace of extremism and terrorism, he said, as he stressed the need for making concerted efforts, adding that it is the responsibility of all of us to protect Pakistan as no single party can meet the challenges confronting the country. If we are together we can meet all the challenges of economy, terrorism and law and order in Karachi. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto rendered their lives for the cause of democracy and no effort will be spared to carry forward their democratic agenda, he said as he pledged to defend democracy and the constitution. Paying rich tribute to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he said, he gave the nation the 1973 constitution and parliamentary form of government. He said that the Quaid-i-Azam gave the concept of parliamentary system for Pakistan and awareness for rights and autonomy for provinces. This Assembly deserved credit to materialise the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah by restoring the 1973 constitution in its original form, he added. The prime minister said that Pakistanis are very courageous people and would face all the challenges bravely. He said, Like we passed the 18th Amendment and NFC Award collectively, we pledge today to make our economy and defence more strong I assure you that our nuclear programme is in safe hands and no covetous eye can be cast on it as our armed forces are capable to protect our nuclear assets and frontiers. At the outset of the session, the national anthem was played. Speaking on the occasion, Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza said that the National Assembly has set this tradition of celebrating Independence Day during its regular sessions. This year too, we are adhering to this past practice. The Speaker said August 11 is a historic date; it is the day we the elected parliamentarians could jointly pay homage to our great leader Mohammad Ali Jinnah for his laying the truly democratic philosophy before the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947. She said that the sitting of August 11, 1947 is important on many counts. It is, in fact, a landmark in our nations parliamentary history. She said that the House elected the Qusid-e-Azam as its first permanent President on this day. The Quaid then presented his vision of a future Pakistan. It was also on this day that our first Prime Minister Quaid-e-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan placed the design of our national flag for the approval of the assembly, which was unanimously granted. On this day the house constituted a committee to form its Rules of Business, besides formation of the negotiating committee to determine the representation of the Tribal Areas and former princely states in the Constituent Assembly.