Bahawalpur province: Political leaders lend their voice to demand provincial status

Published: April 18, 2012

Leaders belonging to PTI, PML-N, JI gathered in Rahimyar Khan to extend support to the movement. PHOTO: FILE

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Leaders belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Bahawalpur National Party (BNP), and the Movement for Hazara province gathered together and collectively raised their voice on Wednesday demanding  provincial status for Bahawalpur.

The public gathering  in Rahimyar Khan was attended by 20, 000 people from the tribal belts of Punjab, Cholistan region and the Bahawalpur division.

Speaking on the occasion, the member of the royal family of Bahawalpur state and chairman BNP Nawaz Salahuddin Abbasi, said that if the government fails to declare Bahawalpur a province, the case would be taken to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and would be dealt in accordance with the constitution of Pakistan and the agreement with Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Criticising the Punjab government and Shahbaz Sharif, he said that if they were loyal and sincere over the issue, they should pass a resolution calling for provincial status for Bahawalpur in the Punjab assembly.

PML-F leader Makhdum Ahmed Mehmood said that the demand for Bahawalpur province did not oppose the Seraiki province. “Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has wrongly linked [granting] Bahawalpur province status with the Seraiki province issue,” he said, adding that Seraiki province should be created but not at the cost of the rights of the people of Bahawalpur.

Chief of Movement for Hazara province Baba Haider Zaman, while speaking at the event, suggested that the issues of new provinces was being milked for political gains by the goverment. “Seraiki province is the right of the people,” he asserted. He further said that all those asking for new provinces including the people of Hazara district and Sindh are right and that their demands should be addressed rationally.

“Sufferings of the people of Hazara district at the hands of rulers in Peshawar are similar to the sufferings of the people of southern Punjab under the rulers in Lahore,” he said.

JI Provincial Chief Dr Waseem Akhtar highlighted that Bahawalpur is a prosperous and viable economic state and that the people’s demand for the provincial status is reasonable.

MPA PML-N Mian Imtiaz Ahmed also addressed the gathering and divisional PTI leaders including Sheikh Fayazuddin and Seth Javed were present during the event. The PTI leaders announced their support for the Bahawalpur province movement and all other similar movements.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Sarfraz Khan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:41PM

    If new Saraiki and Hazara provinces are being created by PPP than a new Muhajir sooba must also be created immediately in karachi and Hyderabad. Why are Muhajirs being denied the rights which Saraikis and Hazaras are getting.
    PPP and its allied parties have a heavy majority in the Sindh assembly, they should immediately announce the formation of a new Muhajir province out of what at the moment is Sindh province.

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  • Rahat
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:47PM

    Hazara is a Division not a district

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  • Ali Raza
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:48PM

    The PPP has shown its true hate filled and racist face. It is doing all it can to break up Punjab because of the bigotry of the PPP members.
    The PPP should start off with its own province first and make a new province for the Mohajir people who’ve suffered a lot over the last 60 years.
    The Mohajirs gave up everything their ancestors had made in India to come to Pakistan , it’s time they got recognition for the great sacrifices they made.

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  • Kamran
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:05PM

    I belong from Potohar region of Punjab and there are greater voices in my region that we have get our identity back. Even tough we consider ourself as Punjabi and we have differences in languages but now it is the time to get a separate province. We want our province even to preserve our Punjabi Identity as Takht e Lahore and Establishment just rendered whole of Punjab Culture less and language-less nation. Thanks to PMLN for removing our identity and our language from Schools. Now there is a greater cultural awareness.More of these movements will be seen in Punjab as People have recognized that they want to live as Slaves of one language and artificial identity anymore. No one wants to be cultureless and a slave nation. Not only In Seraiki Regions but also in every region there will be voices to get recognition.
    In coming days Potohar Tehreek will come forward as well and PMLN who wants its domination and disrespect Punjabi language will be in back foot. I think Bahawalpur and Seraikis should get their separate provinces and even in Punjab original Punjabis want to get separation from Lahore as PMLN who thinks of themselves as an Owner of Punjab have removed our identity and our language from schools.
    Sadly a Party that promotes vandalism of local cultures and languages is ruling Lahore and sooner Lahore will be a cultureless nation with no connection to history what so ever. But we dont want to be like Lahore and rest of Punjab want our identity back.

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  • Kamran
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:52PM

    @Ali Raza: Sir I am a Punjabi and in all out support for the break up of Punjab for the greater good. You know Punjabis are killed in Balochistan due the action of our elite. We are hated because of the politicians and our elite who wage war with everyone. We dont have to defend this elite and we have to protect not only Baloch, Pushtoon, Sindhi and Seraikis but we have to protect ourself as well. You know now in Lahore if you speak Punjabi you are hated and people make fun of you and call you a Paindu. Now it is the time to separate Lahore from rest of Punjab and make new provinces where people could get their cultural identity back.
    We dont have to support the elite in Punjab as they just want everyone to Speak One language Urdu and impose Pakistaniat on everyone. How much Pity it is that Punjabis, Seraikis, Sindhis, Pukhtoons, Baltis and Balochis live here and Pakistani Constitution dont recognize their languages and even dont recognize them. According to Pakistani constitution there is only language in Pakistan. It is like Pakistan have enslaved these nations and then removed their identity forcefully. We have to live like EU and we have to respect everyone.
    Respect Sindhi, Balochi, Pukhtoon, Punjabi, Seraiki speaker and respect their languages like you respect Urdu.

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  • gujranwala987
    Apr 19, 2012 - 12:19AM

    @Kamran:

    And what is your worth.

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:31AM

    We can’t afford more provinces. The country is on the brink of financial collapse yet people want more, these politicians are just exploiting voters so that one of these mentioned above can become a CM. Furthermore, Muhajir people as a people are an asset. The party that claims to ‘represent’ them is a liability. If Karachi & Hyderabad do become provinces then they’d be like the biggest no-go area around…… I for one would be scared to go there because fascists would be running it……

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  • Kamran
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:58AM

    @gujranwala987 My worth in front of a Fascist Pakistani is nothing because how dare i can say anything in front of an owner of Pakistan who claim to be a real Pakistani while we are Traitors. You seems to be The same Pakistani I am talking about about whose predecessors are responsible for creation of Bangladesh and now Balochistan is agonizing and whose lust of power and so called artificial identity will finally tore Pakistan Apart. I am not a Traditional mindset and I am hopeful in coming months Punjab will be less than Half of what it is present so that Proudness of Power brokers of Punjab will bear dust and Ordinary People I mean the real People of Pakistan will get the power.and they will be recognized.
    Keep on whining my friend but finally Pride will definitely haiths a fall in coming months. Bahawalpur Province is going to be made in coming days and then Potohar will follow suite and keep on dreaming to be a dominant and rule maker of Pakistan while in fact you are nothing in true sense.

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