KARACHI - Punjab Governor Salman Taseer has said that the Federal government does not want any sort of confrontation in Punjab at this juncture in the larger national interest and democracy, but at the same time it is not afraid of threats of 'long or short' marches by the Opposition. Addressing a dinner hosted in his honour by the City District Government Karachi at a local hotel on Wednesday, he criticised the Punjab govt for the policy of confrontation adopted by the ruling party there. 'Unlike Sindh where PPP and MQM are cooperating with each other or in NWFP where PPP and ANP are running along despite differences, we see a hostile attitude towards PPP from our coalition partner', he added. He said the PML-N says they do not want him to be the Governor of Punjab and questioned what he had done against them for which they were demanding his removal. 'All I have asked them to have a policy of reconciliation and cooperation with the other coalition partner, complete the Cabinet, appoint the Opposition leader and run the affairs of the govt in a democratic manner', he added. He said that Punjab lacks an affective coalition govt, which he termed, was neither in the interest of the country nor democracy. Citing the policy of President Asif Ali Zardari, he said that the President brought all parties at one platform and formed a democratic govt. General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was also compelled to relinquish the office in a democratic manner by President Asif Ali Zardari, he said and ,added, present govt still wants the same spirit of reconciliation as it was at the time of govt formation. 'Nobody has been victimised by President Asif Ali Zardari as there is not a single political prisoner in the country and media is enjoying extreme freedom', he said. He reiterated his stance for working together despite political differences and expressed the hope that economic condition of the country will improve within one year. Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan in his address said that country cannot afford confrontation and called upon all political forces to work together for the peace, stability and prosperity of the country. Sindh LG Minister Agha Siraj Durrani on the occasion praised CDGK and assured full support and cooperation on behalf of Sindh govt to CDGK for development of the City. City Nazim Mustafa Kamal also spoke on the occasion.