ISLAMABAD- Speakers at a seminar, "Democracy, democratic governance and politics of confrontation: a civil society perspective", Wednesday demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari to use his constitutional powers to do away with the disqualification of Sharif brothers as an immediate measure to ease the prevailing political tension. A unanimous resolution was adopted in the seminar calling upon the government to end governor rule in Punjab and nullify the illegal act of November 3, 2007. The resolution also asked the opposition parties to debate controversial issues in the Parliament and exercise restraint to ensure supremacy of the Parliament and also urged the government to respect the opposition's right of peaceful demonstration. The seminar was jointly organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Pakistan office. The Ahmad Bilal Mehboob of Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), Mohmmad Akram Zaki, former secretary general Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Zahid Hussain of NEWSLINE, Dr Pervez Tahir of Government College University, Lahore, Rakhshanda Naz of Aurat Foundation, Karamat Ali of Pakistan Institute for Labour Education and Research (PILER), Harris Khalique of Strengthening Participatory Organisations (SPO), Dr Fouzia Saeed of Mehergarh Representative AASHA, M Zahoor Awan of Pakistan Workers Federation and Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri addressed the seminar. The speakers termed the present day situation as explosive and could lead to another adventurism by undemocratic forces if not addressed immediately. They spoke with concern on the way the ruling party had handled the situation and pleaded with all the political parties to demonstrate magnanimity, maturity and a strong political will to defuse the situation and show to the people that they could rise above their own interests and think strongly about the country's future. Akram Zaki said that the country had been without democracy since 1958 and the present democratic set up was result of a deal prompted by certain foreign powers. About Punjab situation, he said that the governor rule was not warranted and the assembly session should have been convened to ascertain the majority to give them right to elect leader of the house. Zahid Hussain said that the democracy was only answer to combat the rising wave of extremism and terrorism, adding that the recent Swat peace deal was concluded on the terms of Taliban while state had surrendered. Ahmad Bilal Mehboob said that the president Zardari was at the lowest of his popularity as a consequence of his retreat from agreements over judiciary, 17th amendment and imposition of governor rule in Punjab especially longer period. Dr Pervez Tahir said that the inflation rate was over 20 per cent, large scale manufacturing declined by 4.7 per cent in six months, export declined by 17 percent in February alone, forign direct investment gone down by 17 percent, while gross domestic product had come down to only 2.5 per cent.