ISLAMABAD (APP)- Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Sumsam Ali Shah Bukhari has said the restoration of democracy in the country was the result of sacrifices by PPP and other democratic forces as it was their endeavours which had strengthened the democratic institutions. "PPP is committed to maintaining democracy in the country and to provide any sacrifice required for the eradication of undemocratic forces," he told APP in an interview here Sunday. Commenting on one-year completion of democracy after election on February 18 last year, he said this day would be an opportunity for parliamentarians to emphasize its importance. He said the year 2008 saw the dawn of democracy in the country after October 1999 when a democratically-elected government was toppled. The democratic process which started in February 2008 with the holding of general elections completed on September 6 when the parliament elected the new President. Replying to a question, he said the PPP and other democratic forces had rendered sacrifices to establish a democratic order in the country with the massive support of the masses. "For the cause of democracy our leaders and workers had been imprisoned, and our chairperson had been martyred," he said. Celebrating democracy day is a positive sign, that the PPP would always work for the betterment through democratic values, he added. Replying to a question, he said the PPP coalition government inherited a number of challenges on political and economic fronts including intimidation. The government also faced major challenge in energy sector as not even a single unit was produced during last nine years which caused countrywide load-shedding, Sumsam Bukhari said, adding that "we have the ability to address all issues amicably." The other step the government took was to do away with black PEMRA laws hindering the freedom of media in the country. Now most of that have been repealed and "we are now working further to facilitate media by introducing necessary legislation and other steps".