KARACHI - President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday said Pakistan was playing an important role in the war against terrorism, and vowed that the government would root out terrorism and extremism from the country to ensure a peaceful and safe Pakistan for the coming generations. Talking to a delegation of Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) and Karachi Press Club (KPC) at the Presidential Camp, Zardari said the government had the capability to deal with all challenges being faced. The president pointed out the fact that he had remained incarcerated for eight long years but he had never been recognised as a political prisoner but when Nawaz Sharif was detained briefly he was immediately acknowledged as a victim of political motives. He said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was a foresighted politician who had visualised and signed a number of agreements during her tenures as the prime minister for future energy requirements of the country. But unfortunately, the contracts were cancelled after she was removed from the office, he added. Had the agreements been implemented, the country would not have faced the energy and water crises being experienced today, he remarked. He said the water and energy were the backbone of any countrys economy; therefore, the present govt was striving hard to end these crises. Zardari said new forces were emerging on the national scene and media was one of them, which had proved its mettle, adding that the govt respected the freedom of the media. He said despite some opposition from certain quarters, the govt had succeeded in getting the 18th Amendment passed unanimously and renaming the NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Its a fact that all parties did not put their signatures on the 1973 Constitution but they agreed on the 18th Amendment, he said. Zardari remarked that a decade ago the name of Pakhtunkhwa was perceived as treason but in his address to the UN General Assembly, he had mentioned the province as Pakhtunkhwa. The PPP, he said, was pursuing the policy of reconciliation and cooperation, which would enable the country to face boldly all the present day challenges. On the occasion, the office-bearers and members of the governing bodies of KPC and KUJ discussed with the president matters relating to the journalist community including the development work at Journalists Housing Society at Hawksbay, ownership issue of KPC building, creation of Journalists Foundation, Wage Board Award and pending petitions of employees against the newspaper owners in labour courts. The KPC delegation was led by President Imtiaz Faran and Secretary AH Khanzada while Khursheed Abbasi, President, and Syed Hasan Abbas, Secretary, headed the KUJ team. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Advisor to the CM on Information Jameel Soomro and senior officials concerned were also present in the meeting. Zardari assured the journalists of resolving their problems and issued instructions for accelerating the development work at the residential scheme at Hawksbay and finding a solution of the KPC buildings ownership issue. At this, Qaim Ali Shah said he would soon visit the KPC and fulfil all the promises. The representatives of journalist bodies thanked the president for taking keen interest in their problems and hoped that his decisions would be implemented soon.