ISLAMABAD President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday vowed to restore governments writ at any cost saying the whole nation is backing the ongoing military operation against the militants in Malakand Division including Swat, Dir and Buner. Speaking in a meeting with the visiting Canadian National Defence Minister, Peter Mackay, at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said the fight against militants would continue till return of peace in the rugged region. The President also discussed matters pertaining to the regional security situation, Pakistans efforts to fight militancy and extremism and relief efforts for rehabilitation of IDPs. Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Interior Minister Senator A. Rehman Malik, Secretary General to President M. Salman Faruqui and Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Randolph Mank were also present on the occasion. The President said that fight against militants now had political ownership and the nation was united to defeat the militants. He said that Pakistan was facing the consequences of an international drive against the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan and the international community should help Pakistan in countering the menace. He also pointed out the need for international assistance in rehabilitation of internal refugees who have been displaced from their homes. The President said that the government was determined to ensure the welfare and rehabilitation of the displaced people and all efforts were underway for the relief and rehabilitation with the active support of general public and the donors. The Canadian Defence Minister expressed complete solidarity and support to Pakistan in this difficult hour and said, We desire to do even more in this fight against militancy. He said that Canada will extend all possible help in providing immediate relief to the IDPs by building schools, water supply schemes and basic health units. He also assured that Canada will continue to support Pakistan at the forum of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan. Later, the Canadian Defence Minister called on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The Prime Minister said that the whole nation of Pakistan was united in the campaign against terrorists in Swat and Malakand Division, as the country was committed to root out the menace. He said that Pakistan was fighting on two fronts, one as its army and paramilitary forces were involved in operation cleanup in the most arduous and difficult mountainous terrain and the second was the gigantic task of providing relief to the consequent influx of IDPs. He further said that Pakistan was confronted with the challenge of reconstruction of the affected areas and rehabilitation of the IDPs once the military operation was over. Building the capacity of civil law enforcement agencies and equipping them with bombproof police stations, bulletproof jackets, modern weaponry systems as well as the social safety nets to cater for the families in the event of casualties and disabilities of the law enforcement agencies personnel were urgently required, he added. He also expressed his disappointment over the continuing drone attacks, which had proven counter-productive in Pakistans efforts for isolating the militants from the peace-loving populace in the affected areas. The Canadian Defence Minister informed the Prime Minister that he was visiting Pakistan to convey his governments goodwill and offered cooperation of his department of defence. Canada would also participate in the forthcoming donors conference, being arranged for help to Pakistan cope with the IDP crisis. Later, the visiting minister called on Minister for Defence Chaudry Ahmad Mukhtar. On the occasion, both the leaders expressed their countries willingness to increase bilateral defence cooperation particularly in the area of military training in addition to developing strategic ties. Ch Ahmed Mukhtar briefed the delegation about the ongoing military operation against militants. He informed the delegation that military operation was being carried out successfully with full support of the masses and political parties. The Canadian Defence Minister said that terrorism is like a cancer and his country wanted to work together with Pakistan to uproot this menace once for all. He also offered to reopen and revive Canadian Military Training Assistance Programme (MTAP) that would further enhance the defence cooperation between the two countries. The meeting also discussed the Pak-Afghan border situation. The Minister informed his Canadian counterpart that Pakistan wanted to see stability and prosperity in Afghanistan because a stable and prosperous Afghanistan was not only in Pakistans interest but also the whole region.