Now that the announcement for Seraiki province seems to be a matter of timing, the political leadership of Hazara has criticised a PPP leader’s research paper as biased for declaring that the demand for Hazara province is based on ethnic grounds.
A veteran politician from Sindh, Taj Haider claimed that “the demand for Karachi province, which is the most developed commercial centre of Pakistan or Hazara, which is the most developed area in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and has a very strong industrial base from Ayub Khan’s days, does not have an economic basis” in a research paper titled, “Why a Seraiki Province?”
Commenting on the paper, Chairman Tehrik Suba Hazara Party Baba Haider Zaman said that the word Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was in itself full of ethnic bias which the parliament had approved through the 18th amendment.
He said that his party would launch a civil disobedience movement in the country the day the president or prime minister announced Seraiki province, ignoring the demand of Hazarewals.
Zaman also condemned President Asif Ali Zardari for lending support to Seraiki province while ignoring Hazara.
“The PPP is not sincere in creating new provinces on administrative grounds, it wants to settle scores against the PML-N. He said dictators have always patronised ethnic prejudices for dividing the people. “This is unfortunate and every progressive condemns this point of view.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2012.