Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf telephoned MQM Founder and Leader Mr Altaf Hussain and greeted him on the Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan. Mr Hussain also congratulated the prime minister and assured his full co-operation for bolstering democracy in the country. Mr Hussain told Prime Minister Ashraf that the courage and determination with which he was working in difficult times was highly commendable. PM Ashraf told Mr Hussain that he needed guidance and prayers from leaders like him. He told Mr Hussain that the role which he was playing for the survival of democracy in the country was praiseworthy. PM Ashraf also felicitated Mr Hussain on the conferring of Nishan-i-Imtiaz on Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad.