ISLAMABAD (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday said that democracy was critical for sustained public support and political ownership to the war on terror and it was responsibility of the PPP government to protect and preserve democracy so as to pursue war against militancy to its logical end. He said this while addressing members of the Parliamentary party of PPP here at the Presidency Tuesday night. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was also present. Briefing the journalists about the meeting spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President said that the essence of existence was continuity and the PPP was the only formidable political force with its roots in all the provinces that was in continuous existence as a force to be reckoned with for the past over four decades. The party will continue to be a force to be reckoned in the future also, he said. The spokesperson said that the President asked the party MPs not to be disillusioned with the media trial of party leadership. He said the country was faced with the prospects of a long term fight against militancy and this situation called for summoning the qualities of leadership and closing of ranks. The President said that the party after discussion and debate had taken a political and moral decision in respect of the NRO and was fully prepared to manage the fall out of this decision. A number of participants expressed their views on various political issues on the occasion when the floor was thrown open for discussion.