ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said the government was committed to safeguard lives and property of the citizens at all costs as it was the prime responsibility of every democratic government. President Zardari expressed these views in his meeting with a seven-member delegation of Awami National Party at Aiwan-i-Sadr. The delegation comprised Senator Zahid Khan, MNA Jamila Gillani, Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bashir Ahmed Bilour, Provincial Minister KPK Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Shahi Syed, Lala Ajab Khan and Bashir Jan. Senator Sardar Ali Khan was also present during the meeting. Addressing the delegation the president said government had all options on the table to ensure peace and order in the port city. He, however, hoped that Army would not be called in to quell the violence in Karachi and restore peace. President said that the government while pursuing the policy of reconciliation would continue with its efforts to take into confidence all the political forces on all major issues. He reiterated the governments resolve to restore peace and maintain law and order and to bring the culprits to books regardless of their political affiliations, if any. Later, the president also hosted a lunch for the delegation. The delegation appreciated the steps taken for restoration of peace in Karachi and for making the local administration more responsive to any emerging law and order situation in the province. They also welcomed the decision to immediately fill the vacant posts of judges of the anti-terror courts and to strengthen the prosecution side of justice system.