Bahawalpur province: ‘Makhdooms and Gilanis cannot decide our fate’

Published: January 23, 2013

Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi said the BNAP had supported the PPP after late Benazir Bhutto promised to create a Bahawalpur province. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

BAHAWALPUR: 

“We will not let any Gilani or Makhdoom determine the fate of Bahawalpur province,” Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi, leader of the Bahawalpur National Awami Party (BNAP), said on Tuesday. He was addressing a press conference at the house of party’s President Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik.

Abbasi said the BNAP had supported the PPP after late Benazir Bhutto promised to create a Bahawalpur province. He said now that the PPP had almost completed its tenure, it was backing out from the commitment. He said he had declined an offer to be made governor and change his stance.

The nawab said that Governor Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood had made a two-and-a-half-month deal with the government and betrayed the people of Bahawalpur.

“We will not let them add Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan to the Bahawalpur province.”

The nawab said that the government could neither deceive the people of Bahawalpur nor force them to change their perspectives and compromise.

He said the BNAP will participate in the upcoming general elections.

He said the Sharif Brothers should live up to their commitment and play their role in the creation of the Bahawalpur province. He hoped that they would not betray the people as the PPP had.

The nawab claimed that before Mehmood, the PPP had offered him the Punjab governorship. But, he said, he had refused to make any deal that would require him to compromise the rights of the people of Bahawalpur.

He said his party’s demands were legitimate and that they would not stop until the Bahawalpur province was created. He said the party would also reject any changes made in the recommendations of the commission formed to creation new provinces.

The nawab announced that he will stand for two National Assembly seats from Bahawalpur and one from Rahim Yar Khan.

Former federal minister and BNAP President Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik said that the issue of creating the Bahawalpur province was completely different from the creation of other provinces.

“There is no problem with our boundaries and resources.

Mehmood’s father, Makhdoom Hassan Mahmood, had served as chief minister of Bahawalpur state before it was disbanded in 1956.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd, 2013. 

Reader Comments (5)

  • Blithe
    Jan 23, 2013 - 1:03PM

    No Mehmood and Gilani to mess with Punjab !!!

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  • Dr. Sajid Mufti
    Jan 24, 2013 - 12:29AM

    I do agree with Nawab Sahib that Ahmed Mahmood and Gilani can not decide for the people of Bahawalpur their Fate. We are not for sale . Makhdoom can not sell the Cause of Bahawalpur for his two month of Governorship.He has shown his true colours to prove that he is not the son of a soil and people of Bahawalpur should never trust this Makhdoom. I met BB in 1999 at her place in london and had raised the issue of Bahawalpur province and she promised that when the PPP next in power she is going to resolve this demand of Bahawalpur people and at the same time she ofered me to join the PPP and some friends are wittness to that. God Bless her.

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  • Umar Khan
    Jan 30, 2013 - 4:11PM

    Bahawalpur should not be included in south punjab province instead a separate Bahawalpur Province should be made.

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  • Dr. Sajid Mufti
    Jan 30, 2013 - 6:51PM

    Bahawalpur historically was a separate province that is why we want to correct the history

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  • Dr. Sajid Mufti
    Feb 3, 2013 - 11:46PM

    On 12th October 1999 a good friend of mine who invited me to meet BB we went to see her and had lunch with her at her South Kensington Flat London. I raised an issue of Bahawalpur Province with BB and she promised that in our next Government we will restore the Bahawalpur Province as an independent Province the status as it was pre one unit. And at the same time she invited me to join the PPP. She was very sympathetic with Bahawalpur cause.

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