ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has formally invited Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) to rejoin the federal cabinet, as both democratic parties had a common objective to strengthen the democratic institutions and steer the country out of present challenges. The Premier extended this invitation to President PML-N and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif who called on him at the Prime Minister House on Sunday afternoon. Stressing on the need for cooperation between the two major mainstream political parties in the greater national interest, the Prime Minister said that one of the major preconditions in the way of PML-N to rejoin the federal cabinet was met with the restoration of judges. While the parliamentary process for the implementation of the CoD has already been initiated, he added. The meeting discussed in detail overall political situation and internal and external security threats to the country. The two sides resolved that the country needed a united response from all the political parties by making Parliament the most important forum for the formation of all national policies to meet these challenges. There was a consensus in the meeting to show mutual respect to each others mandate and that the future cooperation would be based on the principles of good governance, safeguarding of national interests, ensuring of rule of law and strengthening of the national and democratic institutions. Both leaders had unanimity of views over the restoration of 1973 Constitution and supremacy of the Parliament as envisioned in the Charter of Democracy (CoD), signed by the two former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. They further agreed that ultimate destination of the two major political parties was to make Pakistan peaceful, strong and prosperous and every effort would be made to meet these objectives. During the meeting modalities pertaining to the implementation of CoD came under discussion and it was decided that all the political forces in the country would be taken on board to achieve broader consensus on CoD and repealing all those clauses from the Constitution, which were contrary to its democratic spirit. The Prime Minister said that the political forces of the country now should join hands to thwart the evil designs of its enemies. He said that only remedy to make Pakistan a forward looking and progressive democratic state was to empower the masses and curb the menace of extremism and militancy. The 1973 Constitution was the only document, which guaranteed the rights of all the federating units and thus made the country united and strong, he added. President PML-N Shahbaz Sharif, while reciprocating, thanked the Prime Minister for the invitation and said that his party attached high consideration to the goodwill expressed by the PPP on this account. However, he said that the final decision would be communicated after consultations with the PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif on his return from abroad and the party. He praised the efforts of the President, the Prime Minister and the PPP in defusing the recent political impasse. Strongly dispelling the impression expressed by certain quarters that PML-N was supporting the move for the midterm elections, Shahbaz said that the country could not afford midterm elections and any such move would be jointly resisted. Welcoming the initiative on the formation of parliamentary committee, President PML-N assured the Prime Minister that his party would support every effort of the federal government for the implementation of CoD. He said that PML-N shared PPPs vision for evolving a joint mechanism and policy to address the serious issues confronting Pakistan. During the meeting, the Prime Minister was assisted by the Senior Minister and Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Federal Minister for Water & Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, while Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was assisted by the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan. The meeting was followed by luncheon.