PATTOKI - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said the issue of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) had been buried forever. He said the NRO was tabled in the Parliament in accordance with the Supreme Courts verdict but the decision to withdraw the same had been made in consultation with the allied parties. Talking to reporters after inaugurating Nishat Power Plant at Jamber, the prime minister said the NRO issue was no more to be discussed for good. He said in present circumstances with an active judiciary, Article 58 (2) b had become irrelevant. It [Article 58 (2) b] is of no use today, Gilani replied when asked to comment on the governments intentions to abolish the notorious Article. Answering a question whether Pakistan will raise the issue of evidence of Indian involvement in Balochistan, he said, The matter could be discussed once Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh comes to the negotiation table. He said Pakistan believed in maintaining friendly relations with all its neighbours including India on the basis of equality. When asked how long the military operation in Waziristan would last, Premier Gilani said in view of the nations high spirits, it would not take so long to root out the terrorists. To a question regarding an offer extended to veteran Pakistan Peoples Party leader Ch Aitzaz Ahsan to replace Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, Gilani said no such matter was discussed in his recent meeting with him and President Asif Ali Zardari. Earlier, Prime Minister Gilani while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the US 234 million dollars 200 MW power plant has said that increasing the energy production in the country is a top priority on the govt agenda and measures are afoot to exploit all available natural resources for this purpose. He said it was the third such project in the fast-track category, as the govt was trying its best to meet the current shortfall of 3500 MWs. The prime minister said the PPP government of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto faced similar challenge of 2000 MWs shortfall in 1993. During that period, Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) was set up to act as a one-window facility under the power policy in 1994, which proved to be a mega success with Rs three billion investment resulting in 3000 MW generation, he added. Prime Minister Gilani said the government was focussing on utilising the full potential of natural resources and all other possible options with medium and long term plans for generating more electricity and enhancing industrialisation in the country. Stressing the role of private sector in this respect, he said it could play a vital role in increasing power production. Gilani, however, pointed that peaceful political environment was a must for economy, adding that despite external factors and internal challenges the government was committed to have a stable political environment. For this purpose, all the political parties were being taking into confidence through a policy of reconciliation, he said. The prime minister said no country could remain in isolation and Pakistan desired good commercial relations with all countries, as Pakistan was also pursuing economic interests in foreign policy, aimed at catalysing trade ventures. We believe in private sector resource mobilisation as was evident in the 1994 power policy and the successive policies revolving around it. He said the government was pursuing policies to attract foreign investment and providing investor friendly environment. He said Pakistan was passing through an important phase after yet again a long period of dictatorship. Gilani said PPIB, PEPCO, NEPRA and others were working with great cohesion to help increase power production in the country. He also congratulated Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for promoting power generation in Punjab through ambitious plans for hydropower projects, saying the govt would allocate more funds for hydel projects. Prime Minister Gilani noted the credible track record of Nishat Group in various projects and said it proved that Pakistan was an attractive place for investment.