ISLAMABAD President Asif Ali Zardari discussed the overall political situation in the country with special reference to the recent unrest in Hazara Division over the renaming of NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with senior party leaders here on Tuesday. Those who attended the meeting included Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Nazar Mohammed Gondal, Rehman A Malik, Qamaruz Zaman Kaira, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr Babar Awan, Raja Pervaz Ashraf, Minister for Water & Power, Senator Jahangir Badar, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, Presidential Spokesman Farhatullah Babar, Ms. Rukhsana Bangash, Ms. Fauzia Wahab, and Ms. Fauzia Habib. The sources privy to the deliberations of the meeting informed that President Zardari had expressed concerns over the killings of innocent people in Abbottabad and directed for bringing normalcy in the area. He directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik to look into the matter in consultation with the provincial government and take appropriate steps for appeasing the masses. The sources further said that President Zardari asked the party leaders to ensure the passage of the 18th Amendment Bill from the Senate so that the distortions from the Constitution should be removed forthwith. He also called upon all the political forces, which have influence in the troubled areas, to come forward and play their role in bringing normalcy in the area and stressed the need of resolving the issues through negotiations. President Zardari was of the view that the concerns of people from Hazara Division would be duly addressed and directed the party leaders to discuss the issue with other stakeholders in the area and help resolve the issue through negotiations. The meeting also discussed the prevailing power situation in the country. In this context, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Minister for Water & Power briefed the committee and explained the measures that were taken to address the situation. The sources informed that President Asif Ali Zardari directed the Minister for Water and Power to tackle the issue of power shortage on war footing and come up with both short-term and long-term measures to resolve the issue.