ISLAMABAD - In the wake of Indo-Pak escalating tension that requires Armed Forces to stay on alert, President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday assured that logistic needs of the country's defence would be met at any cost. The President gave these assurances to Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who apprised him of the increased military expenditures, TheNation learnt reliably. The Chief of the Army Staff took the President into confidence on national security situation, decisions taken in Formation Commanders' conference and his meetings with foreign leadership. He told the President that the national security institutions were fully prepared to counter any challenge. President Zardari said that all the requirements of Pakistan Army would be met, adding Islamabad would maintain minimum deterrence. He said democratic government would strengthen country's defence and Pakistan would continue to demonstrate its responsible attitude for peace and stability in the region. He reiterated Pakistan harboured no aggressive designs against any one and the country was itself victim of terrorism. He made it clear that country's responsible role should not be considered as its weakness and national security would be given top priority. Meanwhile, Advisor to PM on Interior Rehman Malik also called on President Zardari and apprised him of his meeting with PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif. He also briefed the President about the prevailing political situation, progress in the Mumbai attacks probe and issues pertaining to the law and order situation. Sources said that during the meeting, Rehman also took the President into confidence regarding his meeting with Indian High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal. He informed Zardari that India was fully satisfied with the progress made by Pakistan on Mumbai attacks probe in the light of the information received by India. He also briefed the President about the work of the high-level commission set up by Prime Minister Gilani for the investigation of Mumbai attacks. President Zardari said that crystal clear investigation of Mumbai attacks was being underway in the light of the information received by India. He also cleared that Pakistan would not allow terrorists to use Pakistani soil for the terrorists' activities. Some PPP circles claim that President Zardari could have a meeting with Nawaz Sharif in a bid to end emerging differences between two parties in the coming days. "President Zardari is also considering the option of visiting Raiwind in this connection," said a PPP leader. Speaking at a meeting on economic stabilization in the country, President Asif Ali Zardari Monday said the first priority of the government was to fight the militants and restore its writ to make the country safe for investors. The President said that the security to investors and hundreds of billions of circular debt were critical issues that needed to be resolved on a priority basis for the economic turnaround of the country. Advisory Panel of Economists of the Planning Commission headed by an eminent economist Dr Hafeez A Pasha, Chairman of the Panel, gave briefing on the report on economic stabilization. Those who attended the meeting included Shaukat Tarin, Finance Advisor, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Minister for Commerce, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Minister for Food and Agriculture, Waqar Ahmad Khan, Minister for Investment, Sherry Rehman, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, and senior officials of relevant ministries besides members of the Advisory Panel. Briefing the meeting Dr Hafiz A Pasha outlined the principles of the proposed stabilization package. These principles, he said, emphasized mobilization of domestic resources, protection to the poor, optimal utilization of resources and adoption of an integrated strategy. He said the 2-year stabilization programme basically had to be a homegrown package, based on a strong social protection programme and independent of the quantum of external assistance. The President in his remarks assured the investors that their investment would be made safe that could bring them high dividends. He said that the stability of microeconomic indicators, overcoming energy shortage and providing social safety network to the country's poorest were the major economic goals for ensuring national growth with a human face. The President also asked the Panel to suggest practical measures for employment generation in the country. About energy situation the President said that the fossil fuels were fast dwindling and there was a need to develop alternative sources of energy to meet the growing demands of development. He said that optimum utilization of human resources was also important for steady growth and asked the Panel to recommend both short-term and long-term measures in this regard. The President said that he would like to get briefings on the macroeconomic stability framework more often from the Advisory Panel. Online adds: President Zardari and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif are likely to meet during the next few days to remove differences between the two parties. This was said during a meeting between Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik, and President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday.