Lahore, Jan 23 (Agencies): The ruling Pakistan People's Party has decided to carry out a ministerial reshuffle and to reduce the size of the federal Cabinet in line with a landmark constitutional reforms package, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday.

"President Asif Ali Zardari and I have decided in principle to reshuffle the cabinet and reduce its size according to the 18th amendment of the Constitution," Gilani said during an interaction with representatives of the foreign media at his residence here.

The reshuffle and reduction of the Cabinet will be done in consultation with the PPP’s allies, he said.

Referring to a 10-point reform agenda that the main opposition PML-N wants the PPP to implement by February, Gilani contended that the move was in fact an expression of confidence in his government.

The PML-N has demanded a reduction in the size of the cabinet, a 30 per cent cut in government spending and implementation of key ruling by the Supreme Court.

Gilani spoke on a wide range of issues, including the war on terrorism and the US demand for launching operations against militants in North Waziristan tribal region.

He said Pakistan will not take dictation from anyone regarding the launch of a military operation against militants.

"We will launch a military operation in any part of the country, including North Waziristan, according to our requirements," he said.

The government is not facing any pressure from the US in this regard, he said.

Responding to a question about US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt, Gilani said such attacks were creating complications for the political and military leadership.

"These attacks become a reason for unity between militants and people in the tribal areas and create hatred against (the security) forces," he said.

"We were able to convince the US to some extent about the negative impact of drone attacks. We are asking them to give drone technology to Pakistan and to assist us by pointing out militant targets to our forces," he added.

Transferring drone technology to Pakistan will enable security forces to carry out strikes against militants, Gilani said.

Shortly before the premier’s interaction with the journalists, US spy planes carried out two attacks in North Waziristan that killed seven suspected militants.

Replying to another question about Pakistan's blasphemy law, Gilani said the PPP-led government had no intention of amending the statute.

"Blasphemy is a sensitive issue and every person should respect the law of the land. However, we are against the misuse of this law. It is very clear that a violator of the law will be taken to task," he said.

Asked whether Mumtaz Qadri, the police guard who assassinated Governor Salmaan Taseer for criticising the blasphemy law, would be brought to justice, Gilani replied: "I will only say that every violator of the law should be taken to task."

He refused to comment on elements, especially some lawyers, who had praised Qadri for killing a "blasphemer".

Replying to another query on the war on terror and Pakistan's perceived failure in tackling banned groups, Gilani said, "We want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem in the war on terror."

He added: "We are not fighting any other country's war but our own war."

A stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai "believes Pakistan and Afghanistan have suffered heavily in the war on terror", he said.