Pledging that the government is committed to hold free, fair and transparent general elections, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said it would further help strengthen democracy in the country.

Addressing the Cabinet meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday‚ he said there is election activity prevailing in the country and it would be a milestone for the PPP government what it has achieved during its five year in office.

He said the holding of transparent elections is the right of the people and it is PPP coalition government’s one point agenda to arrange transparent elections in any manner.

He said the holding of fair and transparent elections is imperative for the flourishing of democracy in the country and the democratic system would be more consolidated.

Raja Pervez Ashraf said the Supreme Court verdict in Asghar Khan Case has raised an important question for the nation about legitimacy of election. However‚ he assured that the forthcoming elections would be transparent.

The Prime Minister said that during his visit to Saudi Arabia for the performance of Hajj‚ he met the leadership of that country and gave them the message of good wishes from the people of Pakistan.

In his view, the international community was appreciative of the measures taken by the present government for holding of transparent election.

The Prime Minister said he would start a series of public meetings across the country. He said a strong democratic setup in the country would help bring stability to the country.

Prime Minister Ashraf said he would be attending the meeting of Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Laos next week that would be attended by leaders from Europe and Asia.

Terming it a very important event, he said that it would have a bearing on Pakistan’s economic and commercial ties with other member States.

The Prime Minister said he was saddened to hear about the devastation caused by Sandy Storm in the United States and expressed solidarity of the people and government of Pakistan with the people and government of the US.

He said he had also directed the Pakistan embassy in Washington to reach out to the Pakistanis in the US and set up a hotline to facilitate them.

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