MUZAFFARGARH/MULTAN Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday said the government would not amend the blasphemy law. Those, who are taking out rallies on roads, should avoid protest and instead start discussions with the government, Gilani said while addressing a gathering in Muzaffargarh. I am also from the descendants of Holy Prophet (PBUH)) and I know the matters relating to his honour and respect, he said. He said the country was facing the challenges of terrorism and lack of investment, adding that because of poor law and order, the foreign investors were hesitant to invest. He made it clear that the politics of reconciliation being pursued by the govt should not be considered as weakness. Gilani said the PPP, which was a true representative of the federation, had restored the 1973 Constitution, adding that the govt would materialise the dreams of Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He said the government lacked resources when flood hit the country and displaced 20 million people who spent weeks and months in camps and on roads. He paid tribute to the brave people of Muzaffargarh for facing the floods with courage. The premier said as per the promise of Benazir Bhutto, the PPP government had built a bridge on Head Muhammadwala while Dera Ghazi Khan-Muzaffargarh Road would soon be constructed. He also announced allotment of land to the residents of Tibba Karimabad. He promised timely completion of all the projects and asked the parliamentarians from flood affected areas to give their lists of schemes. However, people were disappointed when he did not announce anything for the flood victims. Meanwhile, PPP MPA Irshad Sial criticised the PPP leadership for its failure to fulfil promises and address the issues being faced the local population and the party workers. All the MNAs and MPAs from Muzaffargarh were present on the occasion. Earlier, the prime minister along with Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa inaugurated the Ring Road and Sui gas supply project to the city areas. And in Multan, Gilani said terrorism and extremism halted economic progress of the country besides disrupting peace, as he asked media to refrain promoting the terrorist acts. A common citizen knows very well that those involved in the killings of innocent citizens, attacks on shrines, insulting women publicly and enforcing self-styled Sharia are not the friends of country and nation. The media should support initiatives launched by the government against them, he said while addressing the members of Multan Press Club (MPC) at the local airport. Gilani said the prevailing situation was not a product of the governments policies. We inherited the mess. We want to resolve these issues, he said, adding that the government had made tough decisions in the larger national interest and the time proved them right. The premier acknowledged the role of media in movement for restoration of democracy, saying the journalists extended guidance to the nation as a result of which democracy returned to the country. He said the journalists had rendered tremendous sacrifices for restoration and stability of democracy. Its the fruit of collective efforts of media and political workers. I salute them all, he added. He asked the media workers to join hands with the government for elimination of extremism and bringing the country back to the track leading to progress. Gilani said the govt was aware of the problems being faced the media. That is why weve accepted all the demands presented by the APNS delegation during a recent meeting, he told the journalists, adding that a bill had been tabled in the Parliament for ensuring freedom of press as the government was determined for promotion of positive journalism. He said the govt had adopted a number of measures for bringing positive change in the lives of journalists. Weve passed Pemra Ordinance besides constituting a three-member commission on the Wage Board Award. The premier said no case was registered against any journalist or political worker during the last three years while no one had been jailed on political grounds, adding that no magazine or newspaper was shut down on basis of opposition. Earlier, he administered oath to the newly-elected office bearers of the press club and handed over a Cheque worth Rs70 million to the MPC president Shakil Anjum for payment of instalments of plots besides giving another cheque worth Rs7 million for the press club.