ISLAMABAD Vowing to respect the judiciary and its decisions, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, at the same time, hurled a veiled threat on Monday by saying that judges restored by his executive order still needed Parliaments ratification. Let me pass on this information to you that the judges deposed by the previous regime were restored by an executive order of mine and the Parliament has not yet ratified it, the Prime Minister said while addressing the National Assembly on Monday. Appearing perturbed over the comparison drawn between former president Pervez Musharraf and President Asif Ali Zardari, the Prime Minister said drawing such a comparison of an elected President with the President of referendum would be humiliating the Parliament. We all are answerable to Parliament. We came into power through elections and not like General Musharraf. The Prime Minister said he had made announcement for release of detained judges in his maiden speech without consulting anyone despite the fact Gen (Retd) Musharraf was President at that time. He was to administer oath to me and our Government could have gone as he had powers of the clause 58-2(b) with him. Even then I took a risk and a bold step and released the judges and released their salaries, as well. Judges strength was raised. We were accused of taking benefit from NRO, he said. It was only us who required NRO since the others had already compromised, he added. The Opposition should believe in our utterances that we are not against the judiciary. No one should be in this naive misconception that there was any difference between the Government and judiciary, he maintained. We gave the sacrifice of our Quaid. We are in favour of the Chief Justice, judiciary and democracy, he added. But when there would be any ambiguity then the court would decide that issue. If the House decides to give the powers of judges appointment to the Chief Justice instead of the President, we have no objection to it, he said. Long marches were staged in every regime but they could neither cause the demise of the government nor the restoration of the Chief Justice, he added. We are ready to comply with the orders of court. But who will interpret them. The case is sub judice. If court says our decision is incorrect we will accept it. But if system is derailed, it will not return till 10 to 20 years, he further added. According to the Prime Minister, the Opposition was not friendly but it was responsible one. He emphasised that every institution would have to work within its domain and if not the clash would be highly dangerous for democracy as well as the country. Earlier Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan lashed out at Government during his speech in the House and said the Government was required to answer critical questions regarding the appointment of judges, otherwise sitting in the Parliament would be useless. He said that Government had assured them that appointment of judges would be made in accordance with the Constitution. And the way in which the notifications came on Saturday recalled the day when former dictator General Musharraf had imposed emergency on November 3, 2007. The Opposition Leader went uneasy when the Speaker reminded him that it was a matter in the court. He blamed on the Speaker for her partial behaviour allegedly favouring her party that is the PPP. The Opposition Leader said that President Asif Ali Zardari issued statements against Army and judiciary, adding that the President had also accused Army of conspiracy. He said that he had never accused anyone of corruption. According to the Opposition Leader, the members of the Parliament were having every right to voice their opinion without touching the merits of the case in the court. He further pointed out that the Government wanted to use the Constitutional Reforms Committee to handle the judicial crisis. He said that trust deficit existed between the Government and Opposition. He, however, made it clear that the Opposition was also prepared for confrontation politics. Khan criticising the Governments what he termed as constantly betraying attitude made it clear that Government had once again done contrary to its commitments made on floor of the House. If President Zardari intends to blackmail judiciary, Army, and political forces of the country, we would neither allow him to do so, nor the country affords any such venture, he stressed. Speaker National Assembly Dr Fahmida Mirza, later on, expunged the word of 'blackmailing as pointed out by none else but Interior Minister Rehman Malik. In fact Chaudhry Nisars taunt about phone tapping perhaps touched the Interior Minister, who besides requesting to expunge the word 'blackmailing, said he intended to respond to the Opposition Leader. But he always leaves the House after delivering his own speech, Malik added in a painful tone.