ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, who is also known as the Journalist Prime Minister because of his educational background in the subject, Tuesday met with a six-member delegation of the APNS, headed by Mehtab Khan Abbasi, acting president. The delegation on behalf of the APNS received a cheque of Rs 25 million for the construction of its central headquarters, APNS House in Karachi. This is the first instalment of a total amount of Rs 50 million approved by the Prime Minister and announced in his speech to the APNS Regional Convention in Lahore last month. While talking to the members of the delegation, the PM reiterated the governments commitment to continue to strengthen democratic institutions and produce a parliamentary culture of tolerance to develop healthy traditions. Recalling the inspiration and direction given by Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the PM said the practice and resolve of exhibiting patience and accommodating a diversity of views was in accordance with the principles handed down to the PPP government. Freedom of expression is an essential ingredient of democracy, however, demonstration of patience and tolerance to listen to the views of others is also important, he said. The members of the APNS delegation thanked the Prime Minister for the un-exhausting support extended by the government to the APNS and other representative bodies of the media. They appreciated the spirit of tolerance exhibited by the members of treasury benches during the budget speech and agreed that healthy parliamentary traditions have to be built for the future of democracy in the country. The APNS delegation lauded the services of the information minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and her team in the Ministry of Information, and congratulated her and the premiere on her recent successful tour of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The bravado of the Finance Minister in delivering his budget speech in the raucous atmosphere, which pervaded the House on the day, was also appreciated by the delegation, and was seconded by the Minister of State for Economic and Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar. The Prime Minister added that listening to the budget speech was the right of every citizen of Pakistan and the PPP would act show restraint and tolerance while listening to the budget speech when it would be presented in the Punjab Assembly. The delegation also acknowledged the budgetary proposals announced by the Finance Minister in his speech and apprised the Prime Minister that the feelings of the people at large reflected that the budget was as balanced and realistic as times allowed and were fully cognizant of the fact that even in these hard times, the government was trying its level best to alleviate the burden of the common man. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Secretary Information Taimoor Azmat, Press Information Officer Saleem Ahmed, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Shabbir Anwar and other senior officials were present on the occasion. The APNS delegation was headed by Mehtab Khan Abbassi, Acting President of APNS and included Rameeza Majid Nizami, Joint Secretary, Munir Jillani, Finance Secretary, Ghulam Akbar, Executive Member, Danish Iftikhar, Executive Member and Muhammad Waseem, Executive Member. The Prime Minister was also appraised of the speedy construction scheduled for APNS House in Karachi.