ISLAMABAD - Leaders of various political parties on Wednesday expressed their mixed response over the proposed Roundtable Conference to hold deliberations on the current challenges being organised by President Asif Ali Zardari. When asked, Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) parliamentary leader Faisal Saleh Hayat termed the conference as a tactic to develop consensus on the release of Raymond Davis rather than finding solutions of national issues. Its all illogical. It is astonishing that three years of this Government have been passed and it still does not know issues of the country. They just want to involve all political parties in the release of US national, he said. He said it was a tactic to gain time as the PPP-led Government has been using such conferences and announcements like cabinets downsizing to detract the attention of people and media from the real issues. Zero plus zero is equal to zero. Its an attempt to cover up corruption and poor governance, he added. To a query regarding participation in the conference, Hayat said the party leadership did not decide so far adding however it would soon finalise about its participation after consultation with all the party members. PML-Q (Likeminded) President Senator Salim Saifullah Khan, when contacted, applauded the President of Pakistans decision to call a Roundtable Conference and said that he had been demanding of the Government to call this conference. This is the only way to find out solutions of our problems as a collective wisdom may steer the country out of crises. We will have to give a thought to our economy and policy on war on terror, Saifullah said. He said the PML-Q (LK) would raise the Raymond Davis issue in the conference, as his party believed that the Government would brief them on the case. He maintained that the US national did not have diplomatic visa adding legal proceeding should be carried out. We should not release him easily. The court should decide his fate and we will honour the courts verdict, he said. He said that he would also talk about the local body elections in the conference as he said they supported the local body system. It should be held two years before and now the Government should come up with the announcement of local body elections, he added. He emphasised that it was the need of the hour to review the countrys foreign policy, economic policy and policy on war on terror. PML-N central leader Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said the PML-N was waiting for the agenda of the Roundtable Conference and after it they would decide either they would participate in it or not. To a question about the implementation of PML-Ns 10-point agenda, he said they were not much optimistic regarding its full implementation. Senator Zahid Khan of ANP lauded the decision of the President and termed the conference as a positive step to resolve national issues. He urged all the political leadership to attend the conference and give suggestions beyond party politics. It is pertinent to mention here that MQM chief has already endorsed the decision of President Asif Ali Zardari. Confirming their participation in the conference, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) Spokesman Maulana Amjad Khan told the scribe that President Asif Ali Zardari had personally invited the JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to the conference during a meeting. Consultation is a beauty of democracy. JUI-F will participate on every forum that would be organised for the solution of national issues. JUI-F does not close its door, Maulana said. However, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Information Secretary Omar Sarfraz Cheema has questioned the logic of President Zardaris decision to hold a roundtable conference at the Presidency in the presence of a full-fledged Parliament in the country for the purpose. He was of the view that in a parliamentary system, it was the parliament that discussed every political issue, as it was the sole political institution where national issues could be debated. He said that the President should not negate Parliament by bypassing it. If the President, he said, wanted to prepare some ground for handing over Raymond Davis then he is sadly wrong. President should take a leaf out of the book of Iran where a court recently convicted three US spies despite immense US pressure to hand them over to it, he added. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) General Secretary Liaqat Baloch said the Interior Minister Rehman Malik had made a call to him for the participation in the conference and also conveyed the Presidents message for the participation of the JI f Ameer in the conference. We told him that we would decide after knowing agenda of the conference. However, Interior Minister or any other official of the Government or Presidency did not further contacted in this regard, Baloch told.