LAHORE - Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said that the government had sought access to the sealed documents in respect of Asghar Khan case to start the investigation process in the light of the information still hidden from the public eye. “The Interior Ministry has approached the Supreme Court to get access to the sealed documents presented in the court which could provide the basis for investigations”, he said while addressing a luncheon hosted by consultant to the Information Minister, Usman Saleem Malik, for senior editors and journalists from print and electronic media at a local club here. “Asghar Khan case and its fall out on the upcoming elections” was the topic of discussion for the interactive dialogue. Newspaper editors, columnists and senior journalists also expressed their views on the subject.   Kaira informed media persons that some development on FIA investigation into the Asghar Khan was likely in the coming days, as most of the preliminary work has been done in this regard. He criticised the part of the court judgement pertaining to President’s dual office. “While no final verdict came in respect of the politicians and retired Generals, but it did come against a President who is product of a political process”, he maintained, adding, “the present President is political one but not a conspirator unlike his predecessors who conspired against the Assemblies. He dispelled the impression that govt wanted to oust PML-N President, Mian Nawaz Sharif from politics under the garb of Asghar Khan case. He welcomed Nawaz Sharif’s statement that Shahbaz Sharif should desist from issuing derogatory statements about President Asif Ali Zardari. Setting aside all uncertainties in the conduct of next elections, Kaira said the  govt was committed to holding free and fair polls in the country.He said the next general elections would be held in May 2013 under a caretaker set up.“Nothing can postpone the schedule of the next elections except some natural catastrophe,” he said, adding that law and order situation was not exemplary in year 2008 but elections were held even at that time. Kaira said the caretaker set up would be announced after consultation with the Opposition. He said the PPP-led government had strengthened the Election Commission (EC) and awarded it unprecedented autonomy to maintain impartiality, adding, that the appointment of a consensus Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) was another hallmark of the PPP government.Dispelling the impression that the President could influence the upcoming general elections, Kaira said President Asif Ali Zardari had already surrendered all his powers to the Parliament. The elections would be held under a caretaker government which would be formed as per the Constitution, he added. On government’s achievements, he said that elimination of terrorists from Swat and other areas was the biggest achievement of present PPP-led coalition government. He said the govt also awarded provincial autonomy, made the country financially strong by raising country’s tax base from one trillion rupees to two trillion rupees, empowered women through the Benazir Income Support Programme, promoted inter-provincial harmony, regularised services of contract and daily-wage employees besides providing jobs to the people. Kaira condemned the recovery of bomb from a senior anchor person’s car stating that the government stood by him. The Minister said the government would devise ways to provide security to journalists, adding, the government saluted mediamen who have laid down their lives in the line of duty.