ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that his government would owe the responsibility of challenges confronting the nation and not put the blame of present crises on the previous government. Prime Minister expressed these views on the floor of National Assembly to defuse the verbal brawl between the Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Pakistan Muslim League-Q leaders, Engineer Amir Muqam and Sh Waqas. Prime Minister Gilani said that on February 18, 2008, people of Pakistan had given them a mandate and now they owe the responsibility to steer the country out of prevailing crises and face the challenges confronting them and that was the reason they were not putting the blame to the previous government. Premier Gilani also said that the problems facing the country were not alone the responsibility of Pakistan People's Party but the obligation of all the political forces in the Parliament and that was the reason they were taking them along on all the issues of national importance. The things turn tense in the National Assembly when taking part in the debate on price-hike Federal Minister for Water and Power, referring to the address of the PML-Q MNA Sh Waqas, said that during the previous regime not even a single megawatt of power was generated due to which the country was facing the acute power shortage. He also referred to Engineer Amir Muqam and said that now he would stand up and try to make him wrong by giving counter arguments. The moment he concluded his arguments on price-hike wherein he referred to the decrease in the prices of so many items of daily use including pulses, edible oil, Ghee and petroleum products, the benefit of which was passed on the general public, both Engineer Amir Muqam and Sh Waqas rose and asked the chair to give them time on point of personal explanation as their names were mentioned by the minister. After a little argument, the Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi allowed Engineer Amir Muqam to speak on point of personal explanation. Engineer Amir Muqam grilled the minister for putting all the blame on the previous government and said that if this practice would continue they would be left with no choice but to come up with similar things against the government. He further said that in a written reply to a question some time back the minister had given in writing that some 2200 MW power projects were completed during the previous government and now he himself judge whether his written statement was correct or his present utterance. In reply to this Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf came up with counter argument that it require just three to five years to complete the power projects and what barred the previous government to launch power generation projects and when they took over there was shortage of some 3500MW of power. The moment Raja Pervaiz Ashraf took his seat and Sh Waqas rose to his seat to come up with further bitter things. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani rose to his seat and defused the tension between the treasury and opposition sides, which was welcomed by all. PML-Q Parliamentary Leader Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat took the floor after Prime Minister and appreciated his conciliatory gesture and said that a day earlier too Prime Minister had admonished his cabinet members on failing to come up with proper response to the questions raised by some members and said that by doing so Premier Gilani had set high parliamentary values. Faisal Saleh Hayat said that instead of indulging in the blame game should look forward to resolve the challenges confronting the state and the nation. He further said that they had put their weight behind the government on all important issues and hoped that they would come out strong on the issue of price-hike and inflation and assured the government of all-out support in all the good things. Later, on point of personal explanation Sh Waqas said that now due to the positive gesture of the Premier he would not make it an issue but asked the treasury to take heart in listening to the positive criticism from the opposition. Earlier when the floor was made open for debate on price-hike Farzana Mushtaq of PML-Q, Naseer Bhutta, Nadeem Afzal Chan, Syed Asif Hasnain, Rana Muhammad Ishaq, Yasmin Rehman, Riaz Fatiana and Sh Waqas expressed their views on this issue of national importance and stressed the need of taking corrective steps to ameliorate the masses who were under severe crunch of price-hike which according to some estimates was 25 per cent. The treasury members, who took part in the debate, were of the view that for the first time in the history of the country they had passed on the relief in prices of petroleum product to the masses. They also supported the policies of the coalition government and hoped that the prices of essential commodities and food items would further come down.