ISLAMABAD - PPPs core committee, which met with President Asif Ali Zardari in the chair at the Presidency on Thursday night, discussed host of issues including Raymond Davis case, proposed roundtable conference and PPP-PML-N talks on the 10-point agenda. Sources privy to the meeting informed The Nation that Prime Minister Gilani also attended the meeting while the former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was not invited. The sources said that Law Minister Dr Babar Awan gave briefing to the committee about Raymond Davis case and its legal aspects. This was followed by an open discussion. The committee after discussing pros and corns of the case backed the governments stance that the matter was sub judice and could only be decided by the court of law. The core committee, which also discussed political situation in the country, highlighted the significance of the proposed roundtable conference which President Zardari wanted to convene to evolve consensus on the matters of national importance including political and economic challenges being faced by the country. The committee was apprised of the contacts made with the various political parties and their subsequent response and decided to continue making contacts with the political parties in order to make the conference a success. The sources said that the President directed the committee to make contacts with the political leaders and persuade them to attend the roundtable conference. Similarly, the committee also discussed at length the PPP-PML-N parliamentary committees talks over the 10-point agenda and reviewed progress made to implement these points. The meeting also discussed the potential reaction of the PML-N and way and means to counter the PML-Ns pressure on the ruling party. Economic situation also came under discussion with reference to the US economic assistance. The meeting decided to find alternate means to overcome the economic challenges. In this connection Prime Minister Gilani briefed the meeting about his recent visit to Kuwait. Similarly, President Zardari also highlighted significance of his visit to Japan next week. Meanwhile, a press release issued by the Presidency said that meeting was also attended by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and participated by Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Leader of the House in Senate, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Commerce Minister, Ch Ahmed Mukhatar, Federal Minister for Defence, Senator Rehman Malik, Federal Minister for Interior, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, Federal Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination, Senator Babar Awan, Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Privatisation, Syed Khursheed Shah, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Minister for Textile Industries , Senator Jahangir Badar, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Rukhsana Bangash, Fouzia Habib and spokesperson to the president Farhatullah Babar. Farhatullah Babr said that the meeting discussed in depth the current political situation in the country with particular reference to coalition politics, the recent political developments and the emerging scenario likely to unfold in the future. The President and the Prime Minister also briefed the meeting on the talks separately with Senator John Kerry on Wednesday over Raymond Davis issue. The President informed the committee that he had impressed upon John Kerry that Davis issue was a complex one with several dimensions that needed to be taken into consideration by both sides. He said that he had also informed the visiting US leader that the matter was before the court, which had already ruled that it would decide the issue of immunity to Davis. The Prime Minister briefing the committee members about his meeting with John Kerry said that he had also suggested to Kerry that the US needed to take into account the ground reality and recognise that the principal stakeholders in the Davis case were the family members of those killed and the people of Pakistan. The meeting reaffirmed to uphold the principle of sovereign equality. It also reiterated the party and governments position that the strategic partnership and mutually beneficial relations between the two countries should not be allowed to be sacrificed by making them hostage to one single incident. Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting also reviewed the partys relations with coalition partners in the government and issues relating to the expansion in cabinet. Interior Minister Rehman Malik gave a briefing on law and order while Law Minister Dr Babar Awan gave a briefing on current legal issues. The meeting reviewed the emerging political challenges from different sources and resolved to face them with determination. The meeting also expressed full confidence in the leadership of President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Meanwhile, newly formed Federal Cabinet on Thursday unanimously decided to leave the matter regarding Raymond Davis issue with the court and Ministries of Interior, law and Foreign Office would jointly work to facilitate the court. 'All the Cabinet members decided to leave the matter with the court. Foreign Ministry, Law Minister and Interior Minister are working to submit the document in the court, said Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan, addressing a Press conference ,after the Cabinet meeting. Earlier, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in his opening remarks in the Cabinet also directed only 'authorised Ministers to speak about the issue of detained US diplomat Raymond Davis, if required as the matter was subjudice. To a question about John Kerry visit, Information Minister said that President and Prime Minister had told John Kerry that no other country could intervene into the judicial matters of Pakistan. When asked about approval to National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Ordinance 2011, she said that the matter regarding NACTA was discussed thoroughly. A committee has been constituted to revisit it. Meanwhile, sources said that Cabinet witness heated debate on the matter as some of the member strongly disagreed it.To yet another question about Ministries currently with Prime Minster, she said that all these matters would be discussed on party level. Earlier, Prime Minister, in his remarks in the Cabinet, said that certain sections of the society express lack of confidence in the institutional ability of government to handle matters of national importance. 'We have to dispel this impression. The government will like to provide all necessary support and platform for capacity building of the institutions so that there is no interference by any organ of state in the domain of the other, he added. 'Our Government has always followed the policy of reconciliation in the interest of the country. But I would make it clear that it should not be considered our weakness, PM added. 'Without naming any one, PM said that our doors are open to anyone who believes in the party policy and discipline, he said. 'It is late Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttos and Shaheed Benazir Bhuttos party, of which we are proud members. The party has made us what we are today. Lets be guided by party loyalty, not adventurism and playing to the galleries, he added. He said that our government has been in office since 2008 and much of our time and energies have been spent on introducing structural reforms which were required in the Constitution for supremacy of the Parliament, sustainable macro-economic stability, balanced foreign policy, strong defence, elimination of terrorism, distribution of the finances for the Provinces and Federal government, helping the agriculture sector and giving due rights to the people of Balochistan. 'All these issues are progressing towards a logical conclusion and are being widely acclaimed. The manner in which we have tackled these issues reflects the wisdom and maturity of the countrys political leadership, Parliament and the Cabinet. These steps will draw the contours of our future history, he added. The Cabinet accorded approval to the decisions of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) taken in its meeting on January 25. The Cabinet also discussed the decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCOP) held on the Feb 3 and it was agreed that the matter will be reviewed by the Finance Division. The Cabinet approved in principle authorising the Ministry of Defence to initiate negotiations for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Germany in the field of Academic Research and Cooperative Activities. The Cabinet gave approval for signing of MoU with the European Union under its Commissions Support Programme regarding 'Civilian Capacity Building for Law Enforcement. The Cabinet extended approval to the Ministry of Industries and Production in principle to start negotiations with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Industries and Commerce. The Cabinet also gave approval to start negotiation for MoU between Ministry of Productions and Industries and the Chinese International Engineering Corporation for upgradation of Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC). The Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval to start negotiations and signing of agreement between Pakistan and Turkey for media cooperation between Turkish Radio & Television and PTV. The Cabinet gave its approval for ratification of agreement on the abolition of visa for diplomatic and official passport holders between Pakistan and Bulgaria. The Cabinet approved for Amendment in Islamabad High Court (IHC) Act, 2010 to enhance the pecuniary value of the IHC on original side from ten million to one hundred million rupees to reduce heavy burden of cases on the court. The Cabinet ratified and gave its ex-post facto approval for signing of MoU between the Turkey and Pakistan for exchanging ideas and expertise on the National and Regional Planning. The Cabinet accorded its approval for negotiations and signing of MoU on cooperation between Korea Rail Road Corporation (KORAIL), Republic of Korea and Pakistan Railways. The MoU will help expand Pak-Korea cooperation in the field of Railways. The Cabinet gave its approval to initiate negotiations for signing of MoU between Board of Investment (BOI) Pakistan and General Authority for Free Zones and Investments of Egypt. The Cabinet ratified and gave its approval for initiation of negotiations on MoU between Board of Investment (BOI), Pakistan and Jordan Investment Board. The Cabinet approved initiation of negotiations on the agreement on promotion and protection of investments between Pakistan and Chile. The Cabinet approved signing of agreement between Pakistan and Kuwait on encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments. Monitoring Desk adds: PPP has decided to make Fauzia Wahab a scapegoat as PPPs Core Committee meeting has decided to remove her from the party Information Secretary slot, reported a private TV channel. The PPP meeting decided to appoint Qamar Zaman Kaira as partys Information Secretary.