MULTAN - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has maintained that though Kalabagh Dam (KBD) can become a national asset, some elements have politicised the issue. Talking to a delegation of editors of newspapers at Circuit House late on Saturday, PM Gilani said the KBD was a good project but it was politicised during Zia regime when Fazle Haq asserted that it could be constructed only over his dead body. Today those people are touting this issue, who did nothing on this project during their nine-year regime, he added. The premier also rejected the idea of forming a committee to settle KBD issue, saying it was inappropriate especially after anti-KBD resolutions passed by three provincial assemblies. Referring to the 18th Amendment, he said the jurisdiction of all institutions had been defined in the amendment, and now all institutions including the judiciary and the executive should work while living within their limits. The Constitution and Parliament are useless if they (institutions) still surpass their jurisdiction, he added. He said Pakistan had made it clear to the US administration that war on terror was not merely Pakistans war; it was rather going to benefit the entire world. Weve told America and friends of Pakistan clearly that it is high time that Pakistan is given resources for the war otherwise the entire world will have to face the consequences, he added. He said mere army operation was no more a solution to the problem and the operation should be followed by an economic package. Weve assessed our loss and conveyed it to the friends of Pakistan. We want to turn Swat and Malakand into model areas to win the hearts and minds of residents of these areas otherwise well lose our won war, he added. He said Pakistan rendered tremendous sacrifices in this war as a large number of members of law enforcement agencies embraced martyrdom while many others got disabled. He said the life and property loss caused by the ongoing war was beyond counting but Pakistan achieved success in this fight. He claimed that Musharraf regime failed to achieve success in the war on terror as it lacked public support while today entire nation and civil society stood by the incumbent government. Referring to social issues, he said elimination of price hike and unemployment was not the responsibility of just federal government. It is also the duty of the civil society to step forward and support the poor, he asserted. He said media were responsible for making up the mind of the public, identifying problems and pointing out the persons responsible for them. He said the government inherited multiple problems like power shortfall and terrorism. If we fail to resolve these problems even after spending five year, then you can blame us, he suggested. He claimed that the former government left behind payment arrears worth Rs500 billion and the incumbent government made all out efforts to cope with this crisis. He said India, Bangladesh and many other countries were facing much more power crisis than Pakistan but the citizens of those countries understood the problem. He said the opponents of the government dubbed the Parliament as rubber stamp but the same Parliament approved the 18th Amendment. They also allege that we disobey the judiciary. Let me know which court orders weve refused to obey so far, he posed a question. He expressed displeasure over corruption allegations on politicians and Parliament. Lets suppose all the politicians are corrupt but are all others in the society saints, he poised another question. He said holding just one institution responsible for corruption was a great injustice. He regretted that whenever political government came into power, some quarters started levelling allegations against it. He said corruption allegations were levelled against Feroz Khan Noon, II Chundrigar, Kh Nazimuddin and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto while on the other hand none like Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan and Pervez Musharraf was held accountable. Only political people should not be targeted, the Prime Minister added. To a query, he said the terrorists moved had to urban areas to divert the attention of government from military operation. He said if Interior Minister Rehman Malik had any information on terrorists in South Punjab, he should share it with the provincial government instead of releasing statements. He said Pakistan was not fighting for Americans rather it was our own fight. He said that the world should take steps to upgrade our capabilities and capacity, as it was the only way to reach mutual benefit. Answering another question on Seraiki province, he said principally he was not against this province creation. But it is not proper time as were faced with multiple challenges, he added. Earlier, the premier performed groundbreaking of Multan International Airport Phase-11 under which new terminal will be constructed. The terminal will be completed in two years time and it will cater to the needs of 500 incoming and as many outgoing passengers simultaneously. Speaking on this occasion, Gilani said the new international airport would largely benefit the residents of Multan, Layyah, Shorkot, Lodhran, Vehari, Jhang, Muzaffargarh and other adjoining areas. He said that Multan region was known in the world for the production of vegetables and fruits and these products would directly be exported from Multan after completion of the airport. He said that besides leaving positive impacts on national exports, the airport would also prove highly beneficial for the local textile industry. He said the urge for this terminal was felt long ago but no previous government put this project on its priorities. According to him, the government has focused its attention on uplifting all undeveloped areas. Were determined to provide employment and facilities to the masses across the country, he added. He said that the credit of achievements like freedom of media, NFC award, Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package, Benazir Income Support Programme, independence of judiciary, Wasila-e-Haq programme, distribution of free shares among industrial workers, reinstatement of terminated workers, increase in pension and salaries, launching of long and short-term strategies for ending loadshedding, announcement of new education and textile policies went to the PPP government. He said though the government made some tough decisions, the nation welcomed them. Now I can declare categorically that, God Willing, well overcome all problems because the nation stands by us, he claimed. He categorically declared that the government would not sit calmly until last terrorist existed on its soil. He said the security forces crushed terrorists in Swat and Malakand while government successfully achieved the uphill task of re-settlement of IDPs. He directed the departments concerned to accomplish the construction of terminal as soon as possible and even before its schedule to extend maximum benefit to the public. He directed the Haj officials to make all out efforts to start direct Haj flights from Multan from next season. He further announced that a Defence Housing Society would be launched in Multan on pattern of other big cities. Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Secretary Defence Lt Gen Syed Athar Ali hoped that the project would play a key role in overall development of Multan region. Addressing the audience, Director General Civil Aviation Authority Junaid Ameen said that the length of strip was raised to 10500 foot from 9000 foot to enable widebody aircrafts to land in Multan. He said the runway was completed four before schedule while the rest of the project would also be accomplished before time.