RAHIM YAR KHAN - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday urged the Punjab government to check the growing incidents of kidnapping for ransom in southern Punjab, and offered the deployment of Rangers for assistance. On a daylong visit to inaugurate several development projects for southern Punjab, Gilanis attention was drawn to increasing incidents of lawlessness, extremism and terrorism in the region. The PM said if the Punjab government desired, the federal government could deploy Rangers for its assistance to clear the area of miscreants. He said the government would not allow anyone to create a law and order situation. He said all political parties are united against terrorism and extremism. The Prime Minister said the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Bridge near Chachran Sharif would usher in an era of progress and development for the area. He announced construction of a flyover to link two parts of the city. He also announced upgrading Khawaja Farid College to a university and land for a graveyard for minorities. He said the Benazir Income Support Programme would also provide health insurance and savings to women on certain slabs of utility bills. He also announced a campus for Allama Iqbal Open University in Rahim Yar Khan. Gilani directed all the ministers to meet local party chapters wherever they visit. Gilani said Rahim Yar Khan was his home as his mother belonged to this region and he had a longstanding relation with the area people. He said the people of the region had supported the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and they had always stood by Benazir Bhutto. He said Rahim Yar Khan is located on the cusp of three provinces and had a great significance. He said the sense of deprivation of southern Punjab would be removed by the PPP by empowering the people and give them their due share in the national development. Gilani said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave the nation the Constitution and his government fulfilled the promise of Benazir Bhutto to restore it into its original form. The government, he said, also fulfilled the pledge of Benazir to restore the deposed judiciary. Gilani said the mission of the two slain PPP leaders was to create awareness in the people about their rights. He said the government was pursuing a policy of reconciliation, with the sole aim of serving the masses as it believed in the sanctity of the peoples mandate. If the people do not want us back, we will sit on the opposition benches and continue to serve the masses, he added. He said the vision of Benazir Bhutto serves as a beacon of light for the party to follow. He said Benazir announced restoration of democracy while addressing a gathering here and even sacrificed her life for the cause. He said all state institutions were powerful and fully independent to perform their duties now. He said the party had always stood by the minorities and would continue to do so. Prime Minister Gilani said when his government came into power, there was shortage of wheat, sugar and other commodities, but now their support price had been raised and the farmers were getting a hefty price for the hard labour they put in. He said Pakistan is today in a position to export wheat, besides meeting its food requirements. The gathering was also addressed by Minister for Textiles Makhdoom Shahabuddin, and attended by members of national and provincial assemblies, besides leaders and workers of associated organisations of the PPP and a large number of women. President PPP Punjab Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, MNA Javed Iqbal Warraich and MPA Javed Akbar Dhillon also spoke at this occasion.