LAHORE - Since August 18, on Friday it was the first appearance in the provincial metropolis at a function by former president of Pakistan General (r) Pervez Musharraf and his wife Sehba Musharraf, where media thronged, and their unexpected visit enthralled people present at the Walima reception of ex-foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri's son. On the other hand, those who were not present at the political gathering-cum-reception, were taking huge interest in the former president's appearance on the media, which made him virtually talk of the town, if not for long, then definitely for a day. The couple was smiling and responding to people's greetings when they entered the venue, after Khurshid Kasuri received them at the main entrance. Besides leading political figures, people also shook hands with Musharraf, who only stayed at the venue for a few minutes. Musharraf was surrounded by security men, who tried their best to keep the mediamen at a distance, while the latter were struggling for bringing the General in front of the cameras. However, in his, possibly the shortest talk to the media, said, "India should not dare attack and cast an evil eye on Pakistan as long as Pakistan's army is there. This is our capacity and capability that we can defend Pakistan," he said sans entertaining any further questions from the journalists, whom he was face-to-face for the first time since resigning from the presidency. He did not offer any comment to a question on the current domestic political situation by saying that the query should be posed to the president and prime minister. While he was leaving, a few raised slogans 'Long live Musharraf'. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had left the ceremony 20 minutes prior to Musharraf's arrival. While talking to the media, PM Gilani reiterated his stance that Pakistan was a peace-loving country, and never wanted to become an aggressor. "But if war is imposed upon the country, then it will be given a befitting reply," he said adding that he had talked to Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on the day of the Mumbai blasts, and since then, they had not talked to each other. PM Gilani said the army was playing its due role, as it knew its duty. "Army always stays vigilant, and we want to assure the nation that the country is in safe hands. Secondly, we are endeavouring to bring the region back to normalcy, while friendly states are also trying to diffuse the tension, which has arisen after the Mumbai blasts," he said. President Pakistan Muslim League-Q Ch Shujaat Hussain outrightly denied holding of any meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Ch Pervaiz Elahi. "We have suggested the formation of the national government not to get ministries, rather we want that the issues should be resolved by all political parties jointly," he added. On the occasion, Federal Minister Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan, in his talk to the media, maintained that war was not only dangerous for both countries, rather for the region as well. "India should change its attitude as well, as Pakistan is showing a lot of maturity too. Now it depends upon India, whether it wants to avert crisis. Coming two to three weeks are very important in this regard," he said. While answering a question about the differences between the PPP and PML-N, he said the disparities were being eliminated. PML-N leader Tehmina Daultana said the previous government neither diffused tension between the two neighbouring countries nor came up with tangible solution to the Kashmir issue. Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Babar Gauri said the president and the prime minister were making earnest efforts for avoiding the war, as it was not a solution rather would bring destruction to the region. Former federal minister Ijaz-ul-Haq demanded of the government to actualise the National Assembly resolution regarding the US attacks on the northern areas.