The first meeting of the new Federal Cabinet was held here on Tuesday to discuss law and order situation and energy crisis while Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf presided the meeting. Addressing the Federal Cabinet the Prime Minister paid sincere tribute to Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani for his principled stand to protect the constitution. The Prime Minister invited All Political Parties to join hands in the service of the country following Pakistan Peoples Party's reconciliatory policy. He said coalition government is committed to resolve critically important issues of energy on top priority basis. Raja Parvez Ashraf said Balochistan is the priority in Government's policy and invited all Baloch Leaders in and out side Pakistan to come and sit across the table in finding and amicable solution of the issue. He said his government would like to see the agriculture sector growing and will not let the electricity constrains hit this sector. The Prime Minster urged the management of PIA‚ WAPDA‚ Railways‚ Steel Mill and other state enterprises to focus on their operational efficiency. He said Pakistan values its relations with the Islamic World‚ USA‚ China‚ EU‚ Japan and all its neighbours including India and Afghanistan. The Prime Minister said “we face challenges‚ which are very serious in nature and if not addressed effectively and properly‚ could even shake the foundations of democracy. In order to sustain and strengthen democracy‚ this Cabinet will have to grapple with the issues and problems with zeal and dynamism.” He said “due to negative propaganda‚ our people are disheartened‚ by the confusion that has befallen upon them in the last few weeks.” He said his Cabinet will generally work in continuation of the policy already in place‚ with some necessary adjustments as may be warranted by the changing situation. He said power sector is at present facing a wide demand and supply gap‚ which warrants immediate enhancement in generation and management of supply and distribution and if the situation goes on unabated‚ it can have serious economic and political consequences. He said the issue of energy shortage is not only hitting the common man by disrupting daily life but also adversely affecting the industrial and agricultural sectors productivity. The Prime Minister said “this is an admitted fact that during the Pakistan Peoples Party's tenure‚ the Agriculture Sector gave support to our economy and from wheat importing country‚ we have become a wheat exporting country.” He said “import bill on sugar has declined drastically due to increase in sugar production and rice export. This achievement is a result of our farmer-friendly policies. We would like to see this sector growing and will not let the electricity constraints hit this important sector.” He said closure of factories due to power outages will not only lead to massive un-employment but will also result in decrease in foreign exchange earnings and we cannot afford such consequences. The Prime Minister said he had instructed the Ministry of Petroleum to ensure un-interrupted supply of 28‚000 ton furnace oil daily to the power sector. It will add 1200 MW of electricity to the National Grid System. He also directed the Ministry of Water & Power to recover the outstanding dues of WAPDA from all the Federal Provincial Governments Departments and Private Sector entities‚ without any discrimination. In case there is default from the Government Departments‚ M/o Finance should consider deducting the outstanding dues through Federal adjuster. He said Parliament represents 180 million people‚ and Government holds it as a supreme and sovereign institution. He said “we will not let any infringement on the sovereignty and independence of the Parliament‚ which is only answerable to its electorate.” He said the government is mindful of the fact that extremism‚ militancy‚ intolerance‚ sectarian violence and terrorism‚ all put together‚ have posed a serious challenge to sovereignty‚ security and National cohesion. He said “we as a Nation have to thwart the sinister designs of these forces and the government on its part will work with lot of dedication to establish the writ of the State‚ wherever they operate.” The Prime Minister said Pak - US relations are passing through a very delicate and critical phase. NATO supply routes to Afghanistan were blocked because of an un-provoked attack on Salalah Check Post, he said. He said un-conditional apology from the US for this blatant attack is the demand of the Parliament and we shall proceed always keeping our national interests in view. Raja Parvez Ashraf asked all patriotic Baloch leadership to keep a close eye on the activities of anti state elements‚ who are playing havoc with life‚ property‚ economic activity and poor non-Baloch people of the area. Keeping in mind the traditional Baloch values‚ he expect them to ensure safety of these people. He said Government will continue to follow the policy of dialogue‚ rule of law and autonomy as provided in the Constitution.