President Asif Ali Zardari emphasized the need to defeat the negative mindset to save Pakistan.

Addressing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in Peshawar this afternoon‚ he said the democratic process is progressing ahead due to sacrifices rendered by political workers and armed forces.

The President said completion of five years by the present assemblies is a tribute to the maturity of parliamentarians and politicians who demonstrated tolerance and accommodation‚ the democratic process is progressing ahead due to sacrifices rendered by political workers and armed forces.

The President said democracy comes through evolution and the country needs practicing democracy as we see today.

He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has necessary potential to develop and prosper as it is bestowed with natural resources like oil and gas‚ copper and chromite.

He said the province was once abode of peace where there was no theft or dacoity but today the situation has changed due to negative thinking and law and order situation is hampering development of the province.

The President asked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to prepare its police to take up the challenge of security as army cannot remain there for ever.

President Zardari said his policy of taking all forces and federating units along has given a sense of participation in the people of Pakistan in the affairs of the state.

He said he gave NFC Award and empowered parliament and the provinces.

The President said he pursued the policy of reconciliation and voluntarily handed over his powers to the parliament to strengthen internal harmony. He said the country cannot be harmed by external forces if it is united and strong.

He said he strongly believes that the federation would become stronger if provinces are strong and stable.

Addressing Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Assembly‚ the President has condemned the attack on the caravan of Qazi Hussain Ahmad.

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President Asif Ali Zardari attended a meeting on FATA reforms in Peshawar today.

The president was briefed on law and order situation and development projects in FATA.

Participants of the meeting said a special package would be announced for the families hit by terrorism. The meeting also proposed setting up of medical colleges and I.T university in the tribal areas.

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President Asif Ali Zardari who arrived in Peshawar performed earth-breaking ceremony of Torkham-Peshawar Road extension project in the provincial metropolis

The project will be completed in two years at a cost of Rs5.90 billion with cooperation of the USAID.

President Asif Ali Zardari will address an extraordinary session of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in Peshawar today.

President Zardari will be the first elected President‚ who will address the provincial assembly session on the invitation of the Provincial Chief Minister and Speaker of the Assembly.

Radio Pakistan will broadcast the president’s address to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

In a press statement‚ Speaker Karamatullah Khan said that President’s landmark address to the legislators of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be a great honour for the Assembly and people of the province.

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He said speaker had powers to relax rules and invite head of the state or any high profile dignitary to address the special session of the provincial assembly.

Courtesy ( Radio Pakistan )

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