LAHORE - While reiterating his governments resolve to implement 10-point agenda of PML-N, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said here on Sunday that Nawaz league had been asked to come up with alternative to the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) and panacea to resolve other issues raised in its charter of demands. Prime Ministers assurance to materialise the PML-Ns agenda has come at a time when senior Punjab Minister belonging to his party has given a hasty deadline to implement PPPs 19 points to ensure good governance in Punjab. Talking to senior journalists at his DHA residence, the prime minister said that PML-N had also been asked to suggest alternative means of raising revenue to make up for the shortfall caused by maintaining the current level of prices of petroleum products. He said that government was giving Rs 7 to 8 billion subsidy on petroleum products after surge in prices of the commodity in the international market. To a question by this scribe, Gilani informed newsmen that time was ripe to evolve consensus on national issues, as PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif had shown willingness to support any legislation in the Parliament to be made in national interest. He said nobody should doubt governments intention regarding the realisation of 10-point agenda, because it was ready to take immediate steps on suggestions which were doable, while those requiring legislation would be implemented in due course of time. My government is having negotiations with heads of all political parties including Mian Nawaz Sharif, Ch Shujaat Hussain, Altaf Hussain and Asfandyar Wali Khan on the issue of RGST and they have been asked to suggest ways and means to enhance revenue other than RGST to which they are opposed to. He believed that the issue of new taxation had been politicised, but expressed the hope that it would be resolved as negotiations were underway to reach some amicable settlement on the issue. Gilani was of the view that country needed great cohesion among all political parties to help resolve problems through collective wisdom. When asked to comment on Punjab Senior Ministers statement that all PPP ministers will stage a sit-in in front of Punjab Assembly if Punjab government did not make any commitment to implement their 19 points, the prime minister said that Raja Riaz should take up the issue with chief executive of the province. Replying to a question about alleged corruption in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to the tune of Rs 500 billion (approximately) as disclosed by former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, Gilani posed a counter question why he (Shaukat Aziz) did not take action to correct this wrong when he was at the helm of affairs. The PM, however, said that the joint committee comprising PPP and PML-N parliamentarians was also looking into the matter of alleged corruption in FBR besides finding ways to materialise the 10 points. To a question about Raymond Davis issue, Gilani said sensitive issues like this one do come in the lives of nations, but they should show maturity to come out of the difficult situation. We should observe caution and should not play to the gallery, he remarked adding, the matter was sub-judice and let the court decide the matter. While admitting that US government was exerting pressure on Pakistan through diplomatic channels regarding the release of its national, Gilani assured that government would not succumb to the pressure. I have told the Congressional delegation and other US authorities to wait for the court verdict, he said adding, that they (Americans) were also sensitive to the public sentiments here on the issue. Responding to a question about construction of non-controversial dams, the PM replied that after passage of 18th Amendment, it had become mandatory to take such matters to the Council of Common Interests (CCI), and then to joint sitting of the Parliament in case of disagreement in CCI. He said that CCI had already approved the construction of Diamir Bhasha Dam. Talking about Kalabagh Dam (KBD), he said no one asked from successive military dictators and previous governments about construction of KBD, but now everybody was posing this question to present government. They (previous governments) had been showing sabzbagh to the people instead of constructing Kalabagh, he observed. The premier believed that the issue of KBD had been politicised and could only be decided by the CCI. To a question about current state of economy and the governments strategy to put it on the right track, PM Gilani said that countrys exports had doubled compared to previous year, while foreign exchange reserves were touching the highest ever figure of $17.5 billion. The foreign remittances had doubled and stock exchange points had risen up to 12,500 points from 5,500 during 2008. He said farmers were also getting right price of their commodities and this was for the first time that Pakistan was exporting wheat this year. The prime minister said that re-sizing of federal cabinet was currently in consultation process and ministers performance would not be only criterion to be kept in mind while making the new cabinet. He said other aspects including constitutional provisions, budgetary constraints as well as coalition partners share will also be kept very much in view. He also made it clear that relieving of a minister doesnt mean that his/her performance was not satisfactory. To a question, he said that according to Constitution, federal cabinet consisted of 11 per cent of the parliamentarians with five per cent representation from the Senate, adding that they could resolve administrative and other matters in this regard at their own, however, they would move jointly on the legislative matters such as re-constitution of the Election Commission. All the coalition partners, he said, were being consulted and taken into confidence on cabinet issue. Talking about the issue of construction of new parliament lodges, PM Gilani said he had nothing to do with the matter as this was the domain of the Speaker National Assembly and the Chairman Senate. It is up to them to take any decision in this regard, he added. He said if the project was implemented at some later stage the construction cost would rise manifolds. To another question, the prime minister said that he did not believe in 'deadline in the politics, saying: We (the politicians) are friends and not the masters of each other, and our coalition partners can approach us for any matter of national interest. He added that they had accepted Nawaz Sharifs 10-point agenda after reviewing it thoroughly. For the first time in Pakistans history, he said, all the politicians, while setting aside their party affiliation and patty differences, were united on all the matters of national importance including political stability, supremacy of the Constitution and parliament, and strengthening of democracy. He, however, stressed the need for enlarging the tax base by discouraging the tendency of tax evasion and non-declaration of assets by individuals. The tax evading tendency in Pakistan had concerned the international community as well, which argued that how they could provide their tax-payers money as assistance to Pakistan, when its own people did not pay the tax, he maintained. To a query, he said that certain vested interests and their lobbies were working against the promotion of tax culture in Pakistan, while we had been in dialogue with leadership of all the political parties including PML-N, PML-Q, MQM, ANP, JUI and of the FATA to find ways and means of correcting the economy. To a question he said that institutions running on deficit will be restructured by changing their board of governors. To a question about local elections, he said it was a provincial subject and he would not like to interfere in any provincial matter. He, however, said that federal government wanted a uniform system of local bodies.