MULTAN – Further stepping up his drive for creation of Seraiki province, President Asif Ali Zardari Sunday unveiled another card as he declared his party-led government would set up a Saraiki bank to cater to the needs of local businessmen and entrepreneurs.Addressing the delegations of businessmen, journalists and People’s Labour Bureau here at Prime Minister House, the president asked the businessmen to submit a proposal for the bank within one week, assuring them he would direct the government to take measures for its early establishment.President Zardari, who is co-chairman of the PPP, said some people suspected sincerity of his intention while others wondered as to why he announced Seraiki Province. “It’s because it is the vision of PPP to give identity to all nations and rights to the provinces.”He said that policies evolved in certain areas at the federal level have been proving to be futile and therefore he shifted powers to the provinces. Although the provinces lacked required level of capacity and competency, they would successfully evolve it over time, he added. He said that PPP was a party of national level and its step to give identity to the nations would further strengthen the federation.Zardari said all those who criticised government for non-availability of electricity had blamed and victimised PPP for installing power generation plants. “Have a look at Laghari’s charge sheet. He blamed us for setting up power generation units while Saifur Rehman arrested foreign investors as a result of which Malaysian companies quit Pakistan.”He assured the delegates that the government will leave no stone unturned to overcome prevailing power crisis and other national problems it has “inherited”. “The dictator (Musharraf) left behind debilitating circular debt for the current government as he did not increase the prices of electricity and oil. He had the fear that his party might lose elections if he increased prices.”The president said he visited a number of countries including China and Central Asian states to attract foreign investment and hoped that Pakistan would soon witness inflows of regional investment. He admitted that elements like war on terror and natural calamities badly hit national economy, but said he strongly presented Pakistan’s case before international community for more trade opportunities.To a query on abandoning capital punishment, he said that Pakistan was an Islamic republic and therefore ‘we cannot do away with death penalty’. He added that many other countries including the US had capital punishment. Answering a question on restoration of Nato supply, he said: “The government will act upon the proposals of the parliament. It’s the parliament that will make decision on whether or not to restore Nato supply.” He asserted that the parliament was the supreme institution of the country.Referring to his recent India tour, he said it was an unofficial visit. “Still our focus (at the luncheon talk with Manmohan Singh) was on water, trade and better bilateral ties. It’s because we’re neighbours and we can’t neglect each other.” Answering a question on water dispute, he said the very first thing he said to Manmohan in his first-ever meeting with him was about water.The president pointed out that South Punjab had a great potential for the export of fruits and the government was adopting measures like establishing Mango Pack House and Cold Storages in Multan to facilitate the growers and exporters of fruits especially mango.Addressing the members of a delegation of Ulama and Mashaikh, the president urged them to play their role for the promotion of interfaith and inter-sect harmony through promotion of tolerance in the society. He pointed out that factors like poverty and unemployment made the youth highly vulnerable to terrorist groups. Later on, the president left for Islamabad by his special plane. MPA and son of the prime minister, Abdul Qadir Gillani, federal minister Makhdoom Shahb Uddin and other dignitaries saw him off at Multan Airport.