RAWALPINDI: President Zardari has vowed to create a separate Seraiki province. The PML-Q and other parties aligned with the PPP government seem supportive of this move. Even the PML-N has been favouring the making of more provinces.
I believe that such a move will open a Pandora’s box as we will then see demands for a Hazara province, a Mohajir province, as well as demands for dividing Balochistan into various provinces, that will eventually lead to a virtual breakup of the country. In fact, our whole region can be subjugated by simply dividing Pakistan into more provinces, without any need for any foreign power to conduct any direct attack on our territory or through denuclearising Pakistan or dismantling its army or crippling its economy.
This needs to be understood by the political leadership, government and security establishment. Now the timing for such a move is not appropriate.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2012.
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