Prime Minister of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that strengthening of institutions was the foremost priority of the government.

Talking to journalists for the first time since assuming power, while his visit to the shrine of Benazir Bhutto, he said that there was a strong need to avoid any confrontation between various institutions.

He regretted that conspiracies were being hatched against democracy, and said that while many were painted over his portfolio as a PM, yet he had visited the Garhi Khuda Bakhsh shrine as a PM.

He noted, “We respect all the institutions and we will always do so. Everyone needs to come together for the sake of Pakistan”.

The premier continued that some people thought that the country’s democratic process would be disrupted after the former prime minister’s disqualification, but the ruling PPP has come out of this turmoil by following its policy of reconciliation.

“Many had thought that after Gilani’s disqualification, they would be able to terminate democracy, but thanks God, that after Gilani I am the PM and the chain of democracy would continue unabated”, he declared.

Declaring the resolve of energy crisis as his foremost priority, he appealed to masses to assist government in ending pilferage of electricity.

Commenting on law and order situation in Karachi, Ashraf said the city was the jugular vein of the country’s economy.

He stated that his priority was to restore peace to the economic hub of the country along with dealing with the electricity problem being faced by millions of people.

Replying to a query about restoration of NATO supplies, the premier said the government wanted to have cordial ties with all countries, including the US, on mutual basis. The decision about the restoration of supplies would be taken in line with the recommendations of parliament, he added.

He expressed his deep, spiritual contentment over his presence at his leader’s shrine and assured that the government would complete its tenure, at all given costs.

Earlier, accompanied by his party leaders, PM Raja Pervez Ashraf visited the graves of Z.A. Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto to lay floral wreaths, whence he waved greetings at party activists, present to greet him.

He also visited Naudero’s Presidential House, wherein he met with party leaders, before proceeding to Karachi.