ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the government was considering relief for the poor in the national budget due next month and doing its utmost to control the food inflation. The Prime Minister also hoped that the present energy crisis would ease by August and appealed to the people to help implement a policy to save energy. In an interview with a private TV channel on Thursday, he said the government, which was sworn in late last month, had not been able to deliver much as it was busy in budget preparation. "We want to give people such relief - and there is an opportunity - that can help poorest of the poor," the Prime Minister said. The budget for fiscal year 2008/09 is likely to be presented in the first week of June. "We are trying to control a situation of mismanagement which we have inherited," the Prime Minister said. When asked about the spending on the defence, Prime Minister Gilani said, "there is a need to keep the conventional structure of war strong and it cannot be lowered beyond a certain point." However he pointed that the defence budget was being channelised and ultimately it would be routed through the Parliament. Gilani pointed to the huge class differential in the country, where a rich was very rich and poor was very poor, and the middle class was almost non-existent. The government, he added, plans to formulate a comprehensive policy that could produce middle class and help alleviate poverty. Gilani said the government was taking all possible steps to overcome energy crisis, and recalled the policy in PPP's second government in 1990s, that had attracted huge investment in power sector. "We formed a policy for the IPPs (Independent Power Producers)...but we were accused of nepotism and favouritism," he said, adding that such a development in the power sector was unprecedented in the country's history. Answering a question, Gilani described political stability and law and order as essential for the sustained economic growth. Responding to a question, Prime Minister he said Pakistan was fighting the war on terror in its own interest and not for the United States. He said there could be commonality of interests in some areas but dispelled the impression that Pakistan was towing a US policy. He said the country's leader Benazir Bhutto was also killed in a terrorist attack. "If we are demanding UN probe into Benazir Bhutto's killing or fighting against terrorism, we are actually fighting our own war." When asked about the missile attack in a village in the Bajaur tribal region, the Prime Minister strongly condemned it, saying it was "wrong and unfair". "Many innocent people have been killed, and we condemn it." Gilani said the government was now pursuing a three-pronged policy - political measures, administrative and socio-economic opportunities - to counter terrorism, instead of solely pursuing the military option. "Military forces should be kept in the background. If militants decommission, we are ready to have dialogue with them," Gilani said. Prime Minister Gilani also spoke on the steps being considered by the government to ensure supremacy of parliament. "We have to revive the 1973 Constitution and ensure the supremacy of parliament." Asked how Pakistan People's Party saw its relations with the establishment, Gilani said, "We are not anti-establishment party, but a pro-people party. We are working within the ambit of constitution and in accordance with the aspirations of the people." He said the government has already given instructions to find the missing persons. He stressed the need for provincial autonomy and said his government was sincerely committed to abolish the concurrent list.