ISLAMABAD (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari Sunday reiterated that Pakistan will never allow a handful of terrorists and extremists to impose their extremist ideological agenda on the people thro-ugh force and said that we will not let Pakistani soil to be used by the terrorists against any country. He said that blame game would not serve the cause of the war against militancy and emphasised that the international community should also understand and appreciate our determination to fight militancy. The President made these remarks while addressing a national conference at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Sunday night. The President said Pakistan stands for peace in the region and the world and wanted early resumption of the composite dialogue process with India. According to the prepared text of the speech, the President said, The democratic civil government went out of the way in our peace overtures towards India. It would have been most helpful if our initiatives had been welcomed and responded to in a positive manner. The Mumbai attack has undermined efforts for peace. Pakistan is cooperating in unearthing and bringing to justice the perpetrators of militant acts. The President said, We want to implement Benazir Bhuttos vision of a peaceful South Asia through economic integration, adding: We are for strengthening SAARC and are ready to relax tariff and non-tariff barriers on a reciprocal basis. The President while appreciating the stand taken by Citizens for Democracy to oppose any undemocratic and unconstitutional change reiterated commitment of the PPP to a progressive, democratic and liberal polity that empowers the working people and the poor of the country. Reconciliation is a cornerstone of the policy of the present government. We believe in reconciliation because the issues facing the country are so great and complex that no one party or institution can solve them, the President said. The President said that we have seen the negative consequences of politics of confrontation, adding that the nation can ill afford confrontational politics. The setting up of coalition governments, both at the centre and in the provinces, is a measure of our policy of reconciliation, the President said. The President said that the policy of reconciliation has started yielding political dividends. The President mentioned the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the NFC Award, the Balochistan Package, the holding of free and fair by-elections in many constituencies and the political ownership to the fight against militancy as some of the dividends of the policy of reconciliation. The President said that the government is vigorously working to address the issue of poverty through Benazir Income support Programme which is not merely a poverty alleviation programme but also a women emancipation and empowerment programme. The President while referring to the historys worst floods said that the Watan Card has proved to be a very successful instrument to rehabilitate the flood victims as everyone has appreciated it. The President said, I should also like to say that our well to do people will also have to come forward and make contributions through one time flood surcharge. We cannot go to the international community and ask for help without showing that we too are doing our best. The President while commenting on Pakistans fight against militancy said that from the very outset we faced the challenge of militancy but we came out in the open against militants and took them head on. The undeclared policy of running with the hare and hunting with the hound was abandoned, the President said. The President said that the PPP led democratic government fully believes in freedom of the media and wholeheartedly welcomes constructive and positive criticism as it helps fine-tuning the policies of any government. He said that free and fair media is essence of any democratic society and safeguards the sacred principles of democracy for which PPP has offered its blood throughout our history. He said that we have upheld the freedoms of the media and refused to be provoked. The President noted the points raised by the conference delegates on the need for a national agenda for strengthening democracy and said that the government and the party will respond to any constructive suggestion to strengthen economy, improve law and order, enhance security, uphold democratic system, improve governance and an even-handed accountability of all. The President asked the Ministry of Information to bring a prosposed draft Information Act before the Parliament to strengthen peoples right to know. The conference was attended among others by parliamentarians, delegates, mediapersons and government officials. The ceremony was followed by dinner. President Zardari Sunday urged media to stop selling negativity as a commodity and play its part in making Pakistan a strong and prosperous nation. He said Pakistan Peoples Party decided to stay away from a media group to say enough was enough and taking that decision was its political right. It is a format of showing our displeasure, he said adding the negative propaganda against his party was going on for years. He said PPP did not take the route to dominate media as others before it did. We want you (media) to evolve and become strong, he said, adding the media should also show the good that is happening in the country. The President said Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto taught him to follow the policy of political reconciliation which has taken forward the democratic system this far. We are open to dialogue. We have spoken to everybody. We do not want to lose the initiative. Democracy is as good as the people are, he added. The President said the government was spending a huge amount on schemes like smart card and Watan card to transfer cash grants to the poor people. You cant find fault with them, he said while emphasising the transparency of the schemes. President Zardari said Pakistan needed a double digit growth rate over a long period of time in a sustained manner to meet needs of its huge population, 65 percent of which consists of youth. He said he was visiting China after every three months to learn from their story of successful economic transformation. They (China) have progressed through use of knowledge and good policies, he added. The President said the PPP and its chairman were answerable to the people and history books. President said that economic growth has been stymied because economic policies adopted were not given the ownership and were reversed with the change of government. Our industrialists and entrepreneurs need to give ownership to economic policies, the President added. The President said that every dictator and adventurer had tried to reinvent the wheel and in the process took the nation behind by a decade. The President said that militants and extremists not only want to impose their political ideology on the people of Pakistan, they also want to change the world order. We cannot allow this, we will not allow it. The Spokesperson quoted the President as saying As a political party, we know that withdrawal of subsidies is an unpopular decision. No political party wants to pay political price of such decision. But how long can subsidies be given. One day the subsidies will have to be cut down. A beginning has to be made and has been made even though it is a politically costly decision. The President reiterated that policy of consensus and reconciliation would continue. The alternative to reconciliation may appear tempting at times but overall national interest demands that the policy of reconciliation should continue if we have to move forward and stabilise the society, the President said.