President Asif Ali Zardari chairs a meeting of heads of allies parties at the presidency on Monday. – Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: The coalition partners of PPP-led government pledged to support to President Asif Ali Zardari for holding general elections in March 2013, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

A meeting of coalition partners of Pakistan People’s Party was held in the presidency on Monday night that was chaired by the president. Surprisingly Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was not present on the occasion.

Sources told DawnNews that the president suggested the idea of holding elections in March next year, during the meeting, which was supported by government’s allies.

The president said that the democracy was returned after a while in the country and it should be protected. He also urged all coalition partners to take credit for completing the constitutional tenure of the government.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar, on the occasion, tendered his party’s support to the president and said that “MQM stands with the president on every political decision.”

Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali also vowed his party’s support and said that ANP would lend a hand for every step taken by the PPP. “Reconciliatory policy of the government has strengthened the democracy,” he added.

All the allies supported the suggestion of the president, who was in a good mood, for holding elections in March next year.

The president thanked all coalition partners for supporting PPP and said that the government would complete its allotted five years with their support.