LAHORE (Agencies) President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday again made it clear that the government respects the verdicts of the courts in letter and spirit, adding the government believes in freedom and independence of the judiciary. Zardari expressed these views during his meeting with a delegation of Peoples Lawyers Forum and other delegations who called on him at the Governors House on Tuesday. PPP very well knows how to overcome challenges. We are not afraid of losses, adding, anti-state elements want to destabilise country but we will not allow them to succeed in their nefarious designs at any cost, he maintained. He further said that PPP still believes in its slogan of Roti Kapra aur Makan, adding the government will keep on supporting masses thick and thin with the commitment and vision of Shaheed PPP leaders. We will not be deterred by tho-se who criticise us, Zardari said. It is the power of masses that giv-es courage to ov-ercome challenges, he underlined. Sometimes we have to make unpopular decisions but this is the order of the day, he observ-ed. Meanwhile, Zardari vowed to serve the people of Pakistan and thwart any challenges that may come. Th-ose who want to learn politics of masses, and wa-nt to be like him (Zulfikar Ali Bh-utto) then they should also be ready to die like him ... if they want to be like Benazir Bhutto they should st-and up like her and get ready to face challenges, said addressing the fourth draw of Waseela-e-Haq Programme on the sixth day of his visit to Lahore here at the Governors House. We too like her will stand up to all challenges, Zardari said as the enthusiastic crowd cheered 'jeay Bhutto and waved the party flags. Zardari said that poverty alleviation and empowerment of women was a central plank of the Pakistan Peoples Party and the government and the Benazir Income Support Programme was the vehicle to extricate the poor from abject poverty and 'end the generational poverty trap of the poor. Briefing the journalists, Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that under the special 'Waseela-e-Haq a one time interest free loan of three hundred th-ousand rupees repayab-le in easy month-ly installme-nts in 12 to 15 years is given to poore-st of the po-or selected thro-ugh computerised balloting. The amount is to be spent on pre-defined income generating sch-emes by the poor beneficiaries to help ex-tricate them fr-om the ghettos of poverty, he said. Over seven hu-ndred beneficiaries are selected every month thr-ough a computerized balloting. Previously balloting was held in October, November and December in Isla-mabad and todays balloting was the fourth since the launch of the programme and the first one in Lahore. The event at Governors House Lahore was also witnessed by ministers, senior government officials, representatives of NGOs and the poor families. We will continue to serve the people of Pakistan, the President said and added serving the poor was true Bhuttoism. Those who work and serve the masses live in history like Bhutto. President Zardari said it was the vision of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed that the government today was pursuing the empowerment of the women of Pakistan. He lauded the hard work put in by Farzana Raja and her team for reaching out to the women folk across the country and helping them stand on their own feet. The thought and dreams of shaheeds of Pakistan Peoples Party continue to move forward. He said the government was taking forward this mission and trying to accomplish it and said if the country has such leaders and workers it cannot be defeated. Do not be afraid of those who are trying to strike terror in you, the President said and vowed we will continue to fight them and will protect and raise the flag of Pakistan all over the country, as we did in Swat and as we will do all over the world. President Zardari handed over certificates of eligibility to the beneficiaries of the second draw. He said he was pleased to learn that the BISP programme had been extended to Gilgit-Baltistan also where more than 50,000 deserving families are being facilitated under the programme. He said that it was an unprecedented programme that gave the poor people a lifetime chance to come out of the poverty traps. The BISP has been designed to be a comprehensive social protection scheme, and a platform for women empowerment, health and accident insurance, vocational training and interest free financing for self-employment for the poor, he said. The Benazir Support Programme will be the vehicle for banishing poverty and emancipation of the poor and the downtrodden, the President said. The President also directed the government to complete the nationwide survey of the poorest of the poor in a transparent manner. He said that 34 billion rupees were allocated for the BISP in the budget for 2008-09 which has been enhanced to Rs70 billion for the year 2009-10 to give cash assistance to 5 million families.