SIALKOT - Federal Minister for National Regulation and Services Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan urged all the political parties to set aside differences and get united for a consensus caretaker set-up to ensure free, fair and transparent general elections in the country.

She stated this while taking to the newsmen here at Sialkot Press Club on Tuesday. The federal minister said that the PPP was the guardian of democracy and had been striving for the rights of the masses. The PPP will let nobody derail the democracy as it has, with the support of masses, thwarted all anti-democracy conspiracies and fought with vested interests successfully,” she claimed.

Dr Firdous revealed that the PPP government was strengthening institutions by promoting democratic norms and values, adding that the government was determined to putting the country on the path to political and economical stability. The federal minister claimed that the PPP government would find an amicable political solution to Balochistan issue and would eliminate sense of deprivation prevailed among people of the province.

She made it clear that the general elections would be held on time and the PPP government would complete its constitutional tenure.

Meanwhile, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan handed over a cheque of Rs0.5 million as special grant for Sialkot Press Club Sialkot.

On the occasion, she stressed upon the print and electronic media to play its pivotal role in national development by motivating positive public opinion to ensure socioeconomic and human development in the country. She pointed out that constructive criticism could boost the democracy while criticism for criticism would only result in weakening the institutions.

She termed journalists as the eyes and ears of the society, which play the main role in smoothing the public opinions, besides playing the role of a bridge for establishing solid relations between the people and the government.

She pointed out that the federal government had also focused on capacity-building of journalists in districts, besides taking effective measures for solving their prolonged problems.