BAHAWALPUR PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said that utterly poor performance of PPP-led government has forced his party to seek change but clarified that any change has essentially to come through democratic means. Despite the fact that present civilian government has failed to deliver on the public issues and has brought the state institutions on the verge of destruction through unprecedented corruption, Nawaz told the media persons, he believed that democracy was the best way for progress and prosperity of the country. Therefore, we have to ensure continuity and stability of this system. Recalling that all the development works in the country were carried out during democratic governments and declaring the period of his government an era of progress and prosperity, the PML-N leader expressed his hope that good days would return and he urged the people to support his party in the cause of preserving democracy. Mentioning the achievements of his government he said that Pakistan progressed economically in his days, Motorways were constructed and the country became a nuclear power. He said the GDP growth rate was 8.5% before 1999 when his regime was sent packing by Gen (r) Musharraf and had the democracy allowed to remain, the country would have seen continuity of that growth. He said the PML-N had said good bye to the ruling coalition because it had failed to deliver on its promises and resolve public issues. The government had missed a good chance to do work for betterment of people, he added. To a question, Nawaz said he favoured the idea of restoration Bahawalpur state to creation of a new province but said that even creation of province was in the interest of the people of the area, expressing his confidence that if that was to come, the chief minister of the new province would be from his party. To another question, he said he will definitely meet former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. He lavished praise on Quraishi, stating him to be a 'good person and saying he has 'great regard for him. We may meet soon as I have received a message from him for meeting, and then we will decide the future strategy. Nawaz had come to condole with the family of deceased PML-N MNA Mian Aqeel-ul-Rehman, the father of the Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Baleegh-ur-Rehman. He expressed deep grief over the demise of the former PML-N leader and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family. He urged the party workers and the residents of Yazman city to work hard for the success of the PML-N candidate, Khalid Jajja in the forthcoming by-election in PP-275 (Yazman), vacated due to the death of Khalid Jajjas father Mumtaz Jajja.