LAHORE - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the February 18 is an important day for the PPP as it was the days on which the Party came into power last year. Addressing a parliamentary party meeting at the Governor's House on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said the government was for strengthening the democratic system so that the elected representatives could serve the people in a better way. Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, all the federal ministers, PPP provincial ministers and MPAs were also present. "The PPP has always rendered supreme sacrifices for restoration of democracy in Pakistan. Today is the Day of Democracy as on February 18 last year, democracy was restored in the country following supreme sacrifices by the PPP, whose great leader Benazir Bhutto Shaheed had laid even her life for this sacred cause. Other political forces also played their effective role in the struggle for restoration of democracy," added the premier, while maintaining that the PPP was the name of an ideology and symbol of the federation, and it believed in people's empowerment. "Benazir Bhutto's martyrdom was the result of a conspiracy to destabilise democratic forces. It was sagacity of the PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who raised slogan of 'Pakistan Khappe' and safeguarded national integrity. Asif Ali Zardari has united all the political forces and formed coalition governments at the federal and provincial level after February general election," he said. "The PPP has proved its worth as a federal party by electing prime minister from the Punjab, though the party leadership could elect a member of Bhutto family or a person from Sindh. Now we have to strengthen and promote democratic values by taking all the quarters concerned on board," he said. He said the MPAs would be included in the Benazir Income Support Program. "We have not come to power through back door, but on PPP tickets," he remarked, while adding that differences among leaders were the beauty of democracy, but it should be discussed inside party and not on any other forum. "Party polices may not make everyone happy, but these should be honoured," he said. He also assured that the MPAs would be given proper representation in the national development process. Gilani asked the women and minority MPAs from all parties to prepare development schemes worth up to Rs 10 million for their respective constituencies and said he would approve these projects. Gilani assured that all MPAs, including women and minority members, would also be provided funds under the Benazir Income Support Programme. He further said all federal ministers had been tasked to make recruitments in their respective departments on merit for which the government has also evolved a strategy under which women and minority MPAs and provincial quotas have been allocated. Gilani directed his Interior Advisor Rehman Malik to take effective pre-cautionary security measures at all entry points of Attock district to prevent influx of Afghans and suspicious elements. The premier also directed his Finance Advisor Shaukat Tarin and P&D Chairman to work on Lahore-Karachi Motorway project. He also announced Rs 50 million from the current budget for a bridge to be built over river Jhelum, while another same amount would be allocated in the next fiscal year for completion of the project. He said Sheikh Zayed Hospital would be transformed into a model hospital and a medical college would also be set up there. Later, Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo informed the meeting that 0.575 million tons fertilizer had been imported to bridge the demand and supply gap. The NFC would distribute this fertilizer through its dealers and agents, which would be appointed in consultation with parliamentarians. Punjab Labour Minister Ashraf Sohna, speaking on the occasion, said the government was constructing labourer complexes and hospitals, and schools for their children in every district. He asked all MPAs to chalk out plans in this regard and the government would provide funds for the purpose. "The government is revising the registered labourers list to accommodate maximum labourers working in different fields and effective steps would be taken for their uplift," he added. Gilani also felicitated the newly-elected senators of the PPP from the Punjab, and said they were very competent and dedicated persons, who rendered great sacrifices in the party's struggle for restoration of democracy. The PPP parliamentarian board's meeting had elected as Senators - Jehangir Badr, Malik Salah-ud-Din Dogar, Syeda Sughra Imam and Kazim Khan.