PESJHAWAR - Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali here Thursday termed the behavior of opposition during the budget session undemocratic and against the essence of democratic and parliamentary norms.Talking to reporters after inaugurating a daylong seminar on ‘self reliance through science and technology’ organised by Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) here, the minister said difference of opinion was the beauty of democracy but it should be done under the constitutional domain and parliamentary norms.The minister said politics of negativity and agitation will serve no purpose but will weaken democratic institutions. He said such undemocratic behavior will portray very negative impression and may damage country’s image abroad. He said criticism for the sake of political point-scoring should be avoided and all stakeholders should work together for strengthening democracy and democratic institutions. The minister said sanctity of Parliament should be respected and expressed optimism that opposition will come with positive suggestions to make the ongoing budget more productive and goal oriented.The minister said the government was making hectic efforts to overcome on energy crisis, adding different organizations are working towards this direction. The minister underscored the need for adopting a holistic approach and coordinated efforts among different national building institutions for launching micro hydel power projects in the country.Following an 18th amendment, he said, it was also the responsibility of provincial governments to go for dams and micro hydel power projects to cater the growing energy demands of consumers and agriculturists.Earlier in his address, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Mir Changez Khan Jamali said that today’s century is of science and technology and those nations that had achieved supremacy and glory was only possible by giving full attention to promotion of science and technology. He said developed nations like US, UK, Japan, China, Singapur and South Korea have achieved remarkable socio-economic triumph because it had diverted resources to this important sector. The Minister said that scientific knowledge is a basic tool for attaining progress and development and underlined the need for giving special for practical knowledge based approach for preparation of young engineers and scientists to compete with comity of nations. He said that Pakistan had also produced renown scientists like Noble Prize winner, Dr Abdus Salam, Atomic scientist Samar Mubarak Mand and young Microsoft expert, Arfa Karim that had proved mettle in their respective fields and earned great name for the country. He urged the young scientists to follow the steps of the predecessors by focusing on research and studies making new innovation to achieve heights of glory.The minister said secret of success lies in science and technology, adding research institutions would be strengthened and converted in line with modern days’ need to bolster industrial and agriculture sector being the backbone of the economy.Jamali said Pakistan has very rich in mines and mineral sector and that 5000 megawatt electricity could be produced only through coal reservoirs if fully taped. He said Pakistan is facing energy crisis today because of lack of planning in past and that the present elected Government was very serious in addressing the energy issue.The minister directed the PCSIR to strengthen its linkages with others national research institutes and academia for sustainable economic and industrial growth.Earlier in his address, Chairman PCSIR, Dr Shaukat Pervez said that his organization is ready to support and motivate young researchers and scientists and assured all out support to them.Director General PCSIR, Dr Laiquat Ali said that the organization has established Dimension Stones Centre under a PSDP project, the first of its kind in the country to extend technical commercial facilitations to more than three thousands small and medium industries and train manpower to these and mining establishments.Later, the DG PCSIR presented souvenir to the minister.