ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Monday said that Pakistan Peoples Party was keen to remove anti-democracy clauses from the Constitution, which had been injected by successive dictators to revive it in its original shape. Speaking at a meeting of party MNAs and Senators at the Presidency, the President, who is also Co-Chairman of the PPP, said the party believed that the strength of the Federation lied in the supremacy of the Parliament and the strength of the federating units. Spokesperson to President Farhatullah Babar said that the President spoke on wide-ranging issues including constitutional reforms, fight against militancy, internally displaced persons and the recently passed budget for 2009-10. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and some federal ministers also attended the meeting. He said that a 27-member parliamentary committee had been set up comprising representatives of all political parties and federating units to make recommendations for amendments in the articles, which had robbed the parliamentary character. He also dilated upon the ongoing drive against the militants and extremists and said that there was no turning back from it till the complete elimination of the militants. Either the militants will lay down arms, give up militancy and accept states authority or they will be exterminated, he said, adding, Let there be no doubt or mistake about it. The President paid tributes to Pak Army and law enforcing agencies for their courage and heroism. He also paid tributes to the internally displaced persons for rendering such great sacrifices for the cause of the country. He vowed to ensure speedy return of the displaced persons and their rehabilitation. He said that success in the war against militancy was due to the valour of the security forces on the one hand and the sagacity and wisdom of the Parliament and all political parties for lending political support to it on the other. The President congratulated the Prime Minister and all members of the Parliament on the smooth passage of the budget, which, he said, was a great achievement. He also spoke about the measures taken for poverty alleviation through the Benazir Income Support Programme and also the measures taken to end loadshedding in the country. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the elected representatives to play effective role in the relief and rehabilitation process of internally displaced persons (IDPs). He expressed this while talking to a two-member delegation of the elected representatives from NWFP who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The delegation comprised MPAs Shazia Themas Khan, Peshawar, and Sanjeeda Yousaf, DI Khan. The meeting was part of the consultative process initiated by the President with the elected representatives to seek comments and recommendations on various national issues. During the meeting, they discussed matters related to the ongoing operations against militants in Swat and Waziristan and various measures taken for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the displaced people. Matters regarding governments resolve to empower women also came under discussion in the meeting, according to an official announcement. The President urged the elected representatives to play their active role in the relief and rehabilitation of displaced people and create awareness among the masses against the heinous and violent activities of the militants and extremists. He also asked about their views on empowerment of women.