ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani Thursday said the Nato's invitation for the Chicago moot was not conditional to opening the transit route for the alliance's supplies to Afghanistan.

Talking to media at the ceremony organised in connection with World Telecom and IT Society Day, the prime minister said Pakistan had received an unconditional invitation. "The issue of reopening of Nato supplies through Pakistan is still under discussion," he said while answering different questions on the subject.

"President Asif Ali Zardari will visit the United States to take part in the conference on Afghanistan," he said, adding that the Defence Committee of the Cabinet and the federal cabinet had also endorsed this invitation.

According to the prime minister, the relevant ministries will stay engaged with their US counterparts for implementation of the Parliament's recommendations.

"If the US authorities are not giving information, why should we do so? We have given direction to the ministry concerned that is negotiating with the US authorities to conclude talks aimed at restoration of Nato supplies", Gilani said.

Answering a question, the prime minister said he was misread in his statement about someone leaving the country. "A foreign TV journalist had asked me a question referring to impression of Pakistan being a failed state. I had answered in so many words that Pakistan was a successful country and only those who consider it as a failed one should better leave it," he explained.

Asked when he would step down in the wake of his conviction in the contempt of court case, Gilani said no competent authority had sought my resignation. "Only those who do not like my face as prime minister want me to step down," he remarked.

He said certain political parties were trying to step into the shoes of the judges and trying to assume the role of implementer of the apex court's verdict. "The Constitution of Pakistan clearly prescribes the mechanism for the implementation of the apex court’s verdicts," he added. “Therefore, the Nawaz League has nothing to do with Supreme Court's decisions notwithstanding the party's thinking that it is its duty to do so.”

To a query on appointment of chief election commissioner (CEC), Gilani said the opposition leader refused to accept him as prime minister when he contacted on the subject, but they had now accepted the committee to finalise the issue. “Let the committee decide,” he added.

Gilani promised to follow the Constitution and said the parliamentary committee headed by Khursheed Shah would now oversee the issue.

To another question on Waziristan operation, he said the army and concerned forces would decide when to start action to eliminate the terrorists.

"Army could take measures against foreign militants on its own" he added.

Gilani said the Seraiki province was aspiration of 40 million people of south Punjab that should come true.

"We are moving in the right direction to establish Seraiki province for betterment of the people, but some people want me to be quit before it come into existence," Gilani added.

When asked why the government failed to overcome power crisis, the premier joked that he wanted to impress the nation.

"No government would ever want to be unpopular in the public. It is the people who like us and like our policies; therefore they vote us into power again and again," Gilani said.