ISLAMABAD - Terming the Parliament as source of strength, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that on all policy issues, including the ways and means to tackle the war on terror, the Parliament would have the final say and no one would be allowed to by-pass will of the elected representatives. Prime Minister Gilani said this in his reply to the letter of former prime minister and PML-N Quaid, Nawaz Sharif. The Prime Minister, in his reply, called for all political parties and stakeholders "to be on the same page" for tackling terrorism and development. The Prime Minister said that tribal areas and border provinces on the western side need special focus to counter the scourge of terrorism. "In terms of framing laws, building institutions, protecting our citizens from violence, strangling terror at its roots, re-building our economy and developing opportunities for the disadvantaged, we all need to be on the same page," the Prime Minister wrote. The government, he added, strongly believed in the supremacy of the Parliament when it comes to the framing policies on national issues. "Unlike the illegitimate government that preceded this one, our source of strength is the Parliament, and we feel strongly about the need to bring all policy issues to its members for approval and ownership." He said that was why his government had taken up the issue of national security in the closed-door session of the parliament. Prime Minister Gilani said his government had always considered Parliament to be the foundation of democratic sovereignty. "My party has, despite all odds tried hard to follow the policy of national reconciliation so passionately advocated by the late Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto," the Prime Minister wrote in the letter. He lauded Nawaz Sharif's sagacity by accepting the need for a national dialogue and the development of public consensus on a roadmap to a national security policy to combat terrorism. He said he was heartened to note that Nawaz and his party have taken up their responsibility as legislators with a shared mandate to save the motherland. The global financial downturn, he added, has also squeezed space for growth and recovery in a tight financial situation, with food and oil scarcity haunting our vulnerable communities at a time when they need the most relief. The Prime Minister wrote that dialogue must be privileged above all else, as a principal instrument of conflict management and resolution. "All those willing to renounce terrorism must be given an opportunity to de-radicalise," he stated in categorical terms. He said development of troubled zones, particularly the tribal areas, NWFP and Balochistan, must follow to create stakeholders in peace. Deterrence or force, he added, must be used only as a last resort when the state's writ is challenged. He said the federation must be strengthened through the process of democratic pluralism, social justice, equitable resource sharing and inter-faith tolerance. The restoration of state structures, law enforcement and government in troubled zones be done by restoring local customary forums for collective responsibility to avoid a political vacuum and instill community ownership, he added. He made it clear that it is not the military's job to be permanently deployed in these areas, and the army must be replaced by civilian law enforcers with enhanced capacity. Following are the ten-point given by the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in the letter addressed to former premier and Quaid of PML-N Mian Nawaz Sharif to overcome the prevailing political, social and economic crises confronting the nation. 1. That dialogue must be privileged above all else, as a principal instrument of conflict management and resolution. All those willing to renounce terrorism must be given an opportunity to de-radicalise. 2. Development of troubled zones, particularly the tribal areas, NWFP and Balochistan, must follow to create stakeholders in peace. 3. Deterrence or force must be used only as a last resort when the state's writ is challenged. People must be protected and moved to avoid casualties of non- combatants in conflict zones. 4.The federation must be strengthened through the process of democratic pluralism, social justice, equitable resource sharing and inter-faith tolerance. 5. The restoration of state structures, law enforcement and government in troubled zones be done by restoring local customary forums for collective responsibility to avoid a political vacuum and instill community ownership. It is not the military's job to be permanently deployed in these areas, and the army must be replaced by civilian law enforcers with enhanced capacity. 6. All public and legal mainstreaming of tribal areas be done through a process of consultative consent. 7. Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity be safeguarded at all times and eventualities. 8. Disallow Pakistan's territory to be used for terrorist attacks on other countries and expel all foreign fighters from our soil. 9. Protect Pakistan's strategic interests by developing stakes in regional peace and trade, both on the western and eastern borders. 10. Institutionalize mechanisms for internal security.