I did not say Karachi should be made a province: Shahbaz Sharif

Published: April 25, 2011
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Chief Minister Punjab says new provinces not only needed in Punjab, but also needed in Sindh.

Chief Minister Punjab says new provinces not only needed in Punjab, but also needed in Sindh.

LAHORE / DERA GHAZI KHAN: 

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said that he had not demanded that Karachi be made a separate province and that his statement had been misinterpreted.

Sharif, who was speaking to the media after the inauguration of the newly constructed Ittefaq Cricket ground in Lahore, said that he was not against the formation of new provinces and that these matters were always resolved with consensus.

Updated from print version (below)

Shahbaz sparks new controversy: If you divide Punjab, then divide Sindh

The PML-N seems to have been patiently biding its time to play its ace in the face of growing calls for a Punjab carve-up. On Sunday Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif thought the time was right to launch a counter-attack.

He said he was not opposed to the idea of creating more provinces in the country for better administration … but at same time he said that Karachi should also be made a separate province. Shahbaz Sharif, however, hastened to add that his elder brother, who is the founder of his own faction of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), would make a final statement to this effect. By this, he wanted to stress that it was his personal opinion and not the party’s stand.

Shahbaz’s comment came amid comments that their party’s arch rival, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), was demanding the creation of a separate province in southern Punjab in return for a possible political alliance with the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

There has been much talk in  the air to bifurcate Punjab – the bastion of the PML-N – for administrative purposes. PML-N’s rivals have been pushing this demand in an effort to weaken its vote-bank.

Speaking to journalists after laying the foundation stone of Daanish schools in DG Khan, Sharif said that if Punjab was to be bifurcated for ‘better administration’, then Sindh should also be divided and Karachi, the largest metropolitan city of the country with over six million population, should be made a separate province.

Sources told The Express Tribune that Sharif on Saturday convened an informal meeting of his party where the country’s changing political landscape and demands for new provinces were discussed. Attendees at the meeting included leader of opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Senator Ishaq Dar.

Sources said that the PML-N looks at the growing demands from the PPP and MQM for Punjab’s bifurcation as a ploy to divide its vote-bank. And that is why it has decided to counter this ploy by putting up a counter demand for the division of Sindh.

Sources said that Shahbaz’s statement about division of Sindh was just a feeler. The Sindh people would never allow division of their province along urban and rural lines nor would they allow creation of Hyderabad and Karachi as separate provinces because they would render the rest of Sindh as landlocked.

Punjab government’s spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rashid defended Shahbaz’ statement, saying that during the regime of Pervez Musharraf the MQM had divided the historical district of Hyderabad and united all districts of Karachi in one district for political reasons.

Shahbaz’s statement, however, invited the ire of all political parties.

Raja Riaz Ahmed, the opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly, rejected the ‘demand’ for a new province in Sindh and instead advised Shahbaz to heed the calls from southern Punjab for the creation of a Seraiki province. He told the media at his residence in Faisalabad that it was for the people of Sindh to decide whether or not there was a need for dividing the province.

Ahmed said that the PPP has decided to include the calls for the creation of a Seraiki province in its manifesto.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has also rejected the idea of dividing Sindh. In a press release issued here on Sunday, MQM Coordination Committee member Qasim Ali Raza was quoted as saying that his party believes in the ‘oneness of Sindh’ and it will not accept division of Sindh under any condition.

Raza said that nobody has demanded the creation of Karachi as a separate province. On the other hand, there are demands for the creation of Hazara province in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Seraiki province in Punjab.

The Awami National Party (ANP), Sindh chapter, said that Shahbaz Sharif’s statement has hurt the feelings of Sindh’s people. In a statement issued from the Bacha Khan Markaz, ANP spokesperson Qadir Khan said that his party was opposed to the idea of dividing provinces on ethnic and linguistic basis.

Reacting to Shahbaz’ statement, Sindhi nationalist parties said that they would resist any move to divide Sindh province.

Dr Qadir Magsi, President of the Sindh Tarraqi Passand Party, told The Express Tribune that the people in southern Punjab have a distinct culture and traditions and they have every right to demand the creation of a Seraiki province. “But the situation in Sindh is different. Here all the people are Sindhis having same culture,” he added.

Mumtaz Bhutto, Chairman of the Sindh National Front (SNF), said that the Seraiki belt was “forcibly annexed” to Punjab. “It is the right of the Seraiki people to have a separate province. On the other hand there is no movement for a separate province in Sindh,” Bhutto told The Express Tribune.

With additional reporting by Shamsul Islam in Faisalabad and Hafeez Tunio, Irfan Aligi and Sohail Khattak in Karachi

Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (92)

  • Moise
    Apr 24, 2011 - 6:48PM

    Let them eat provinces.Recommend

  • Sarcastic
    Apr 24, 2011 - 6:57PM

    Thanks a bunch for starting this whole thing again….Recommend

  • Faraz
    Apr 24, 2011 - 7:08PM

    No body is demanding any new provinces in Sindh yet in order to redirect attention away from the real demand of the people of south Punjab he comes up with a statement that makes no sense in the context of the what was being discussed.Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2011 - 7:22PM

    There should be more provinces in Pakistan for better management. I support every province should at least divide in two provinces then hopefully people start owning at least there province its for betterment of Pakistan.Recommend

  • M> S. Shafique
    Apr 24, 2011 - 7:32PM

    When people sitting in glass-houses start throwing stones here and there, reaction is a natural outcome. There is still time not to open a Pandora-box that we are not capable of managing.

    As we do have so many other real issues; we should avoid supporting new provinces on dialect or language basis. If we really care about solving day to day problems of our people, think about further strengthening devolution of powers to lower levels before it is too late. Allow NFC type commissions at provincial, district and even lower levels to let funds be distributed as per right of each area and community irrespective of location and background.

    Pakistan is the only home we got, we cannot afford to play politics with its existence. Recommend

  • saleem
    Apr 24, 2011 - 7:46PM

    But there is no demand from Sindhis to divide the Sindh Provinces. However Punjab should be distributed in three namely, Seraiki, Pothar, and Punjab. While Hazara should be a separate province. FATA should be included in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province. This should be done for a stronger federation.Recommend

  • ayaz turi
    Apr 24, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Wales sheep…Recommend

  • Dr Hasan Salam Khan
    Apr 24, 2011 - 7:54PM

    My feelings exactly…Sindh into 2 or at most 3 provinces
    Punjab into 5 highlighting the 5 rivers
    Bolo chistan into 2 or at most 3
    NWFP into 3
    ————————————–
    Totalling at most 14 provinces

    from 4 to 14 after loss of power…kiya hai siyasat bhaiRecommend

  • Ahmad Nawaz Wattoo
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:05PM

    Creation of new provinces might help smooth administration but it will also increase the expenditure which will be on the shoulders of the poor people and tax paying middle class professionals. Unfortunately the recently issued was raised by the for political expediency and point securing firstly by the PPP and now responded by the PML N. The division for the purposes of political expediencies never result in the welfare of the people in the end. There is no harm in dividing Punjab and carving out Saraiki province, Hazara in PK and Karachi in Sindh. These divisions should be in recognition of peoples ethnic and cultural origins and then respective mother languages should be declared official languages of the provinces. Feudalism and Sardari systems should be abolished with the same stroked of the pen which will carve the provinces so that people should be relieved from Takhat Lahore and curse of the decadent feudal lord who have factually holding the local communities in slavery. Recommend

  • anyonymous
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:06PM

    no new provinces..that is it!!Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2011 - 8:07PM

    I dont think he really means that. It was just a verbal slap on the opportunists’ face who are supporting division of Punjab.Recommend

  • Malik
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:15PM

    Shehbaz Sharif is merely trying to deflect attention off the issue. His suggestion is like saying I am sick but give the medicine to someone else who doesn’t need it as I don’t like the taste of it. This is his traditional crude way to avoid giving people their rights.

    All three parties in Sindh have rejected that they are looking for new provinces so this is not a public demand in Sindh. However in Punjab it is an issue that Seraiki people want to have their own province for among other things that Punjab is too populous as it is and more focus is needed in Southern part, and also that the funds are not given to south fairly. Bahawalpur was a separate entity until it was forcefully merged into Punjab by the unelected despicable dictator Yahya Khan . The Seriaki people want to be part of Pakistan but not of Punjab. Recommend

  • shafiq
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:19PM

    I don’t thing this is the right time to discuss on provinces.Recommend

  • Atif M
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:21PM

    New provinces, sure…..As long as they are nearly equal in population. The resaon there is a strong sentiment against Punjab is that one single province makes up almost half of the country. Smaller provinces therefore feel all the money, jobs & resources are being hogged up by the Big Brother causing ill-feeling and fuelling separatist elements.Recommend

  • Zia
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:22PM

    Administratively it is important do treat Karachi and adjoining areas as a province since Karachi is like a mini Pakistan and it can generate lot of revenue efficently for the country. Small areas can be managed easily and Karachi could become country’s Singapore. This thing would greatly help Sindh rural with lot of new trade lines would be created their. Besides many coastal Sindh region would be developed on modern lines. Sindh rural would be the biggest beneficiary.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:43PM

    More provinces mean good governance. In order to have good governance, political leadership in the country should see which province has larger population.

    Presently Punjab province has the largest population in Pakistan; therefore Punjab should be divided into more provinces. Once more provinces will emerge from the present Punjab province, Sindh will follow the suit. Recommend

  • WTF
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:52PM

    “He said Karachi should also be made into a small province.”
    Baahahahahaaaa hhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ahahhhhaa Recommend

  • Aamer
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Ofcourse Sindhi’s are not demanding a new province, just like the Punjabi’s, but Karachite want a seperate province, from Karachi to Hyderabad.

    Divide all provinces to smaller factions.Recommend

  • Riaz Butt
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Munafiqeen are awake up from long sleep.Recommend

  • ba ha
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:01PM

    We already made NWFP into KP. Now P becomes what? Recommend

  • realize
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:15PM

    And this statement comes from a clown named shahbaz sharif, who does not have any representation in sindh. Next time he will talk about creating a new province in australia. It is time he should start paying attention to the voices and needs of the very province that he governs and stop wasting time over useless squabbling.Recommend

  • jun
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:42PM

    we need more provinces and Karachi should be given a provincial status .Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2011 - 9:54PM

    Amazing, sometimes they talk about Sukoot-e-Dhaka, and now this, are they really a type of men…!! Am feeling sick, they dnt deserve to b in asmmblies, thy shud b sent back to RSA…Recommend

  • ArifQ
    Apr 24, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Wohooo! SS may have started something inadvertently but at the end of the day this could be the best thing possible for all Pakistan. Not just Karachi, we need many more administrative localities starting from Punjab, Sindh, KP and Baluchistan all of these behemoths need to be splintered, more the merrier. All Hail the Emperor SSRecommend

  • Apr 24, 2011 - 9:56PM

    If PPP, MQM and ANP are demanding the division of the Punjab on linguistic lines so why do they fail to understand that same principle can be applied to Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa, Sindh and Balochistan. Pakistan does need new provinces, if political parties do not show maturity and demand linguistic and ethnic apartheid, such reactions will be natural. They need to rethink (with the collaboration of technocrats) the solution of administrative units before its too late. Recommend

  • Adnan
    Apr 24, 2011 - 10:43PM

    Karachi needs to be made a province, that we will get who we elect. Preferably north and south Karachi should be two provinces.Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Apr 24, 2011 - 10:53PM

    Why this distraction?

    of course there is a political motive behind it.

    But do we need this? At this time?Recommend

  • Khurdra
    Apr 24, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Mr. Shareef is well advised to sort the matters of Punjab himself and let Sindh+Federal Government handle other provinces…..
    I am a Punjabi and I know we would be better of with two new provinces from within Punjab….but it will mean less power for the already restricted PML N…..Recommend

  • Nation Prevails
    Apr 24, 2011 - 11:14PM

    so they are making it easy for america to fulfill its objective I mean dividing Pakistan on ethnic lines or blood lines Ya Allah protect this Nation and Ummah from such people and help Pakistani people to understand what’s happening with them

    This is all part of the Great Game. Recommend

  • yar jan
    Apr 24, 2011 - 11:24PM

    plz sometime may talk lesser than at the price of this country too….
    for the betterment of this country too…………!!!Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 24, 2011 - 11:37PM

    Well said Shahbaz Sharif . for once we agree to whatever you uttered …………………
    Yes , Karachi shoud be carved out to be a new province .

    If people are so eager to divide Punjab for a better administative control , why not Sindh ?

    Bottomline : if Punjab is to be divided for whatsoever reason , Sindh should also be on the SAME reason .Recommend

  • Alick
    Apr 25, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Support Greater Punjab: which includes Pakistani Punjab, Indian Punjab, and area upto Peshawar because during Ahmad Shah Abdali attack Peshawar and Hazara was the part of Punjab.

    I Love Punjab & Punjabis
    Saraiki, Hindko, Potohari are all dialects of Punjabi languageRecommend

  • Aamir
    Apr 25, 2011 - 12:35AM

    PPP PML-N & Q ANP and MQM are fooling Pakistan. They are bathing in dollars and looting Pakistan. When Doctors were on strike Mr. Shahbaz Shareef was attending his brother who was being treated in UK. Why Mr. Sharif Senior was not treated by Pakistani hospital??? All of these corrupt politicians currently sharing power will settle in other countries after completely destroying Pakistan. This is their one point agenda.Recommend

  • Anjum H
    Apr 25, 2011 - 12:52AM

    Why only new provinces? Why not new countries… Or perhaps first new provinces then new countries?!!Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 1:54AM

    cm punjab is steatment very non politecal the people of south punjab demend the new pravenc all the poltecal party exept pml n fever of new pravenecRecommend

  • anonymous
    Apr 25, 2011 - 1:59AM

    There should definitely be a division of provinces. North Punjab and South Punjab. Upper Sindh and Lower Sindh. Recommend

  • amjad
    Apr 25, 2011 - 2:53AM

    Normally, I will not agree with Sharif(s), but it is not at all a bad idea to divide the country in as many Provinces, as possible. This will only strenghten the country and will be good to devolve power to grass root level. Just look how many new States have bee created in India, since partittion!!! Recommend

  • PakView
    Apr 25, 2011 - 3:08AM

    What is wrong with having more provinces? Our national identity is much more important than which province we belong to. I believe that it would be a great idea to have 3 povinces from Punjab, 2 from Sind & KP each and 3 from Baluchistan. More provinces would improve management of provincial affairs and provide more management experience to a wider number of politicians. It will have a positive impact on national politics. It’s a shame that even after 60+ years as an independent nation, we still hold ethinic identities above our national identity. It’s time we mature as a nation and consider what is good for the country as a whole.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 25, 2011 - 3:43AM

    Loads of crap from a Sherif, as usual.Recommend

  • Amir
    Apr 25, 2011 - 4:33AM

    Make the country into pieces.
    Keep going on my patriotic leaders…Recommend

  • Saad
    Apr 25, 2011 - 5:15AM

    SS fails to understand the word democracy, its rule by the people. People of South Punjab and Hazara are demanding a separate province the people of Karachi are not.

    maybe the Mohajir community would want one but there has been not such a demand on formal or informal level. Especially by its biggest representative the MQM.

    So here comes SS thrusting his will on people of other provinces!Recommend

  • Mir Tassadaq
    Apr 25, 2011 - 5:51AM

    Why this outcry about more provinces in Sind?. Who is not aware that of the ruthless ethnic divide in Karachi, where thousands have been killed over the past 20 years. Nowhere else in the country is this divide more visible. It is time for the PPP to give this a serious thought that either (1) they are incapable of governance and hence the worsening of law and order situation, target killlings, kidnapping, street crimes etc in Karachi; Or (2) there is divide so serious in Karachi that creation of a seperate province is inevitable. The PPP has itself suggested this remedy for other provinces, than why not the same medicine in Sind. Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 25, 2011 - 6:40AM

    @Inam Abbas: More new provinces will only create more levels of unecessary burocracy. Will the creation of new provinces fix any problems? I don’t think so. We just need to manage our existing provinces better. What sense would it make to further divide the best run province in Pakistan? To make it less efficient is somehow going to help the other provinces? I don’t think so.Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 7:45AM

    @Billoo Bhaya:
    Language mister, language! Language distinguishes decency from being callous. Salams.Recommend

  • syed ali
    Apr 25, 2011 - 8:24AM

    @Faraz:
    When some body from south Punjab like Khosa or Khar are ruling Punjab, we do not hear such voices? It looks like, the real problem is just a dissent towards center? If not so why not then, why now?
    Technically, Pakistan’s population has grown t0 180 million, we should make at least 20 provinces or make all the districts as provinces. This will also reduce the ethnic tensions between different people and provide bettwer managment.Recommend

  • kdm
    Apr 25, 2011 - 9:14AM

    It’s not a matter of demand. If we want to make new provinces on administrative basis it should be done in every province otherwise we don’t need any new province on the basis of demand and on the will of opportunist (Zardari and company). Recommend

  • abid
    Apr 25, 2011 - 9:28AM

    Shahbaz given excellent idea should be sindh divide into 2 parts Recommend

  • Hopeless
    Apr 25, 2011 - 9:44AM

    All these politicians are out to destroy this country as they are political pigmies with no vision to run the state affairs.
    People dacing to the tunes of these incompetents will find themselves in much much poor state as the time passes,till finally the viabilty of this state is in serious question.Recommend

  • YA
    Apr 25, 2011 - 9:53AM

    Divide all provinces in to piecesRecommend

  • Bhutto
    Apr 25, 2011 - 9:57AM

    In Sindh last Government had already broken the Districts of Sindh and facing more difficulties now still Punjab is demanding to break Karachi and sindh strange that still Punjab had jealousy for sindh because Karachi is the largest revenue producing cities of Pakistan even Punjabi people are getting more opportunities they are not giving jobs to any other castes except Punjabi. If they are demanding to break Sindh then better is that Punjabi people should leave Sindh and Better to live in their rules and traditions.Recommend

  • faraz
    Apr 25, 2011 - 10:05AM

    Punjab was divided at time of partition so no more division of PunjabRecommend

  • induswolf
    Apr 25, 2011 - 10:11AM

    Tit for Tat Recommend

  • Nurmomad
    Apr 25, 2011 - 10:28AM

    I agree with him. Recommend

  • anu
    Apr 25, 2011 - 10:51AM

    the largest part of pakistan i.e punjab should be divided first at least into 3parts .. wig brother just trying to divert attention from punjab to sindhRecommend

  • anu
    Apr 25, 2011 - 10:54AM

    the largest part of pakistan i.e punjab should be divided first at least into 3parts .. wig brother just trying to divert attention from punjab to sindh.Recommend

  • ZH Bhatti
    Apr 25, 2011 - 11:31AM

    Consider Indian model they are over 25 states.Recommend

  • amarjamali
    Apr 25, 2011 - 11:50AM

    on administrative basis sindh should be divided into two parts southern and northen sindh.it is good idea to manage province properly.sindh is so large and one executive can handle it as result of which rural and backwarded areas of sindh remained underdeveloped.Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 11:50AM

    ppp and mqm has started crocodiels tear and Shahbaz statement.
    he is right i think so.Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 11:51AM

    you are right bro

    @induswolf:Recommend

  • Zia Syed
    Apr 25, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Have any one noticed newly introduced political terminologies. ” It is my personal view, may not be the party view? ” It is acceptable in some occasions, unit recently, almost every second statement start with something like this. If your party does not represent your view then what exactly you are doing in the party?Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 25, 2011 - 12:15PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.What the policy of dividing Pakistan into more provinces our present corrupt,NRO certified and beggars leaders are adopting and if this process continues then on the completion of 5-year tenure Pakistan shall be divided into many provinces/parts and it may be possible that Pakistan could be the next Bangladesh.Very strangely and surprisingly Pakistan Army having powers to do every thing is watching all this drama of weakening and distributing Pakistan into provinces only as a silent spectator without taking any solid steps to eradicate such this type of policy of dividing and rule by the major political parties.Recommend

  • YA
    Apr 25, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Load shedding, Poverty and Terrorism are important issues to fix rather then this oneRecommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 1:10PM

    zia once said, i want to create 100 provinces in Pakistan. Central bureaucracy has an old desire to control provinces and followed Indian example. It is easy to divide provinces to twist their arms. Due to that attitude, makers of 1973 constitution approved an article in constitution which restricted central authority to act in consultation with provincial assembly in this matter. So instead of quarreling on issue of division of provinces one should leave it on the PMAs rather than starting blame game. Naturally, if one can demand division of the Punjab from Karachi or Sind than other can demand division of Sind. In such division politics the main beneficiaries will be central bureaucracy civil as well as military, small politicians and opportunists. Decentralization is the only way to transfer power to people yet it should be till union council level. Elected representatives should have an edge on non elected members from national assembly till union council. Otherwise it would prove to be another gimmick of power conflict. Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Apr 25, 2011 - 1:20PM

    For the first time i support the suggestion of Shahbaz Shareef… there is needly required Karachi as a separate province becoz little bit authority Karachites get from the Local Govt the current Provincial & Federal Govt dissolve the very effective local govt system & arnd more than a year there is no development work in the city since the Ex Mayor Mustafa Kamal leave his office. Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Apr 25, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Taking a page from the Government’s own book:
    “Choota kunba, khushhaal gharana” aka “Smaller families, happier household”

    Divide the provinces into halves. Not only Punjab but all of them.Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 1:37PM

    Pakistan should have twenty seven provinces (the present administrative divisions). Each province should have its own high court, police, and chief minister (no need for governors). 80 percent of the revenue generated by each province should be retained by it for development, the balance 20 percent to be given to the centre for defence, foreign affairs and communications.Recommend

  • WTF
    Apr 25, 2011 - 1:49PM

    I hope we aren’t confusing the definition of ‘provinces’ with ‘cities’ and ‘districts’Recommend

  • Amer
    Apr 25, 2011 - 3:24PM

    I want to ask everyone only one question. What did the renaming to NWFP do for the people of the province? What will the division of Punjab and Sindh do for the people? These are all political games and nothing else! Khadim-e-alaa is only playing a dirty political game just like his previous statements about including the army and CJ in talks to resolve the country’s problems. These people live in glass houses and love to play such games. All these political cronies of MQM, PPP, ANP etc have nothing better to do but to create glass houses for themselves. Recommend

  • Sverige
    Apr 25, 2011 - 3:25PM

    Pakistan will definitely get out of the crisis after this power distribution. Division of provinces is something which should be done quite a long ago…still not too late though. Sweden is half of Pakistan (area-wise) and has 25 provinces. It eases the administration part. The power really comes to the people.Recommend

  • moetesum
    Apr 25, 2011 - 3:42PM

    I think PPP should go back in history and read one of the interviews in which their then leader BB said that the NA should have more than 600 seats or some what 500 seats and the areas to break the landlords hold should be divided on admin lines and grass root level representation. These low caliber carbines of ours fail to read her vision of better representation and admin and argue on seraiki, pushto, urdu speaking and punjabi.

    One can only feel sad at their low level of understanding the vision of their own leaders where she called for even sindh to be divided for better representation, grass root level people coming to assemblies and thus a better governance.Recommend

  • ba ha
    Apr 25, 2011 - 3:43PM

    Its like renaming your grown children: I THINK YOU SHOULD ASK THEMRecommend

  • Yasin Janjua
    Apr 25, 2011 - 4:23PM

    The solution to development impediments is devolution, which transfer powers at local level; and the principle of no taxation without representation.Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Apr 25, 2011 - 4:25PM

    I have an idea so good that Shahbaz will say “shabaash” !
    Why not make all the states into separate countries? Since Pakistanis like freedom, this will give them more freedom. If you like my idea please hit the “Recommend” button. I have many more ideas if you need them. Recommend

  • Naveed
    Apr 25, 2011 - 4:48PM

    I absolutely agree to whatever rao muhammad shahid said ……..although I am still trying to figure out what he said ,…..ROFLRecommend

  • Khalid
    Apr 25, 2011 - 5:09PM

    As far as I have read, there use to be a constitution that when a population of certain boundries crosses the number of 1 Crore then it should be declared as a separate province. With this fact KHI, LHR,FBD will become separate provinces. Then they will have thier own funds to be managed and the portion they’ll give to fedral govt and they’ll spend it on bigger provinces. But there is nothing wrong with it.Recommend

  • Aamer
    Apr 25, 2011 - 5:34PM

    Divide all provinces, this is the need of the hour. Enough with the Sindh Card, the Punjab Dominance, the Balochistan deprivation, KPK/NWFP saga.

    Shahbaz should’ve stuck to his statement, we want a seperate province for Karachi to Hyderabad, Mohajirs deserve to be counted, just as the Seraiki and Hazara people.

    Divide all!Recommend

  • Aamer
    Apr 25, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Those who question the need to divide Sindh, need to ask themselves if ethnic divide present in Karachi is more obvious or in Punjab?

    1000’s of people have died in this power struggle. Separate this city along with Hyderabad to a separate province.Recommend

  • Aliana Bebo
    Apr 25, 2011 - 5:39PM

    All districts should be divided in to Provinces, so every MNA, MPA levels can get a chance to become a governor, CM and the * LUTTO TE PHUTTO * “BELIEVE OR NOT DEMOCRASSY FAILED PAKISTAN”Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 6:04PM

    zia once said, i want to create 100 provinces in Pakistan. Central bureaucracy has an old desire to control provinces and followed Indian example. It is easy to divide provinces to twist their arms. Due to that attitude, makers of 1973 cons…titution approved an article in constitution which restricted central authority to act in consultation with provincial assembly in this matter. So instead of quarreling on issue of division of provinces one should leave it on the PMAs rather than starting blame game. Naturally, if one can demand division of the Punjab from Karachi or Sind than other can demand division of Sind. In such division politics the main beneficiaries will be central bureaucracy civil as well as military, small politicians and opportunists. Decentralization is the only way to transfer power to people yet it should be till union council level. Elected representatives should have an edge on non elected members from national assembly till union council. Otherwise it would prove to be another gimmick of power conflict. posted at tribune yet still in does not appear thereSee MoreRecommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 6:10PM

    PLAYING WITH non issues is an old habit and this is another issue to detrack from orignal issues.zia once said, i want to create 100 provinces in Pakistan. Central bureaucracy has an old desire to control provinces and followed Indian example. It is easy to divide provinces to twist their arms. Due to that attitude, makers of 1973 cons…titution approved an article in constitution which restricted central authority to act in consultation with provincial assembly in this matter. So instead of quarreling on issue of division of provinces one should leave it on the PMAs rather than starting blame game. Naturally, if one can demand division of the Punjab from Karachi or Sind than other can demand division of Sind. In such division politics the main beneficiaries will be central bureaucracy civil as well as military, small politicians and opportunists. Decentralization is the only way to transfer power to people yet it should be till union council level. Elected representatives should have an edge on non elected members from national assembly till union council. Otherwise it would prove to be another gimmick of power conflict. posted at tribune yet still in does not appear thereSee MoreRecommend

  • Hasan
    Apr 25, 2011 - 6:43PM

    Karachi should be made what people of Karachi want. Southern Punjab should be made what people of Southern Punjab want. This is not for Shehbaz Sharif to dictate, its up to the people. Recommend

  • Khurdra
    Apr 25, 2011 - 9:33PM

    Typical of Pakistani politicians
    say a thing one day
    take back the words next day……..Recommend

  • Apr 25, 2011 - 9:34PM

    I understand Shahbaz Sharifs motif behind the statement – vis-a-vis PML-N’s vote bank (that doesn’t mean I am saying I agree with it)

    I feel Shahbaz could have communicated his reservation more diplomatically …

    How are we to root for you for PM when u act so un-statesman like, Shahbaz?Recommend

  • Ahmed Baksh
    Apr 25, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Oh cmon people think big
    4 provinces- the idea hasnt worked in 63 years
    lets make more provinces
    Karachi should be a province but we should start with something smaller first and no ethnicity pleaseRecommend

  • Adnan
    Apr 25, 2011 - 11:52PM

    Even if he did, like anyone cares abt what he says? Punjab mein noone listens to him Sindh mein kaun sunay ga??Recommend

  • A Punjabi
    Apr 26, 2011 - 12:32AM

    JAVED HASHMI’S LOVE FOR PAKISTAN On 21st April 2011, while addressing to press outside parliament, one of the veteran leaders of PML(N) reiterated his keen desire in terms of love for Pakistan at the cost of the division of Punjab. In the same tone he apologized to his beloved abstract ‘Pakistani masses’ for being the part of Zia-ul-Haq’s cabinet. Yes, the same dictator, who abetted the racist Urdu speaking mafia in Sindh and hatched and supported the separatist elements in terms of so-called Saraiki nationalists to counter the anticipated emerging nationalistic movement of Punjabis to seek their linguistic/cultural, financial/economical and political rights like Bangalis, Sindhis, Pashtoons & Balochs. As the myopic vision of said dictator vis-à-vis UPite/Urdu speaking version of Islam and fake Pakistaniat couldn’t have cognized the true spirit of said universal religion synchronizing completely with all laws of nature. Having enjoyed the rule in Zia-ul-Haq’s de facto regime later on if Javed Hashmi couldn’t fulfill his desires to rule as Chief Minister or Prime Minister while being the part of PML(N), what is the fault of poor Punjabi masses from Sadiqabad to Attock, who have been electing his whole party’s 5th columnist Punjabis from Punjab??? What is the defect in central Punjab’s downtrodden masses from Lahore, who elected Javed Hashmi…and if his own party’s stupid leader built a road at the cost of 2 billion from Lahore to Raiwind, should the Punjabis living in miserable conditions in the slums of central Lahore, suburbs and in its proximities??? Who lives in the posh areas of Lahore & Islamabad, are they not the landlord Southern Punjabi/so-called Saraiki politicians and nationalists??? Who has been ruling on TAKHT-E-LAHORE & TAKHT-E-ISLAMABAD mostly since before 1947 from Punjab??? If Javed Hashmi desperately claims that whether his party gives him ticket for next election or not, he would carry on speaking truth…but I would suggest him don’t speak partial truth, as it is far worse than complete lie…so we Punjabis shall have to speak the above described full truth keeping in view the perverted nature of such Punjabi politicians…However loudly Javed Hashmi and his racist Urdu speaking mafia’s subjugated ‘Punjabi establishment’ carry on making Punjabis and some other native nations desperate having showed a bleak picture of this federation by projecting that ‘if new provinces are not made, it would be dangerous for Pakistan, and we (as Javed Hashmi warned) want Pakistan rather Punjab’…Hence let me explicitly reiterate that if any single existing province/entity/unit of this federation is divided, that would be the final nail in the coffin of this federation…! Therefore, I would say we nationalist want intact Sindh, Pashtoonkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab as the peace and prosperity in this federation lies in the security of the said 4 units of this federation…! Recommend

  • am88
    Apr 26, 2011 - 1:00AM

    To hell with the federal and provincial governments,this whole mess started when NWFP’s name was changed to KP,hence forth the people of Hazara are demanding a new province.

    @ Atif M: Punjab naturally has more jobas and opportunites as it has the largest population since 1947 and I pray it stays that way.The people of Sindh and other provinces should stop all this jealousy and seriously work hard for their people. Karachi should have been so much more than what it is today. Utterly stupid disputes over dams and water,which have given us nothing but circular debt and a severe energy crisis!

    The politicians in Pakistan will say and fuel any sort of CRAP that will increase their votes,what I don’t understand is what is wrong with the public. You should be more mature than that. Yes, demanding your rights is necessary,but not by dividing your country into bits and pieces,that too over (of all the things in the world),Language!

    I can say one thing for sure, even if one new province is created in Pakistan, it will start a devastating revolution that will eventually lead to severe destabilisation.

    Its shocking however that the political parties in Sindh are willing to break other provinces,but when the tables are turned, they retaliate like a bunch of (please excuse the language) barking hounds! It truly exposes their motives doesnt it?Recommend

  • Aamer
    Apr 26, 2011 - 3:36AM

    @Adnan

    Guess you need to take a trip to Punjab to see who listens to him and who doesn’t, Thats CM Punjab not CM Sindh that we shouldn’t take him seriouslyRecommend

  • shama zaidi
    Apr 26, 2011 - 8:31AM

    smaller states are better in a situation where one state is bigger than all the others combined. punjab in pakistan and uttar pradesh in india need to be divided. however metropolitan areas need mayors-in-council with real powers. in this case mumbai and other metros in india and lahore and karachi need more freedom to manage their own affairs, not necessarily as separate states. Recommend

  • Khalid Masood
    Apr 26, 2011 - 9:41AM

    I feel like saying………….Haaaa haaaa haaaahaaaaa.

    Mr. CM – this is 21 Century and Electronic Media is running around like hounds for bits of news.

    A statement once reordered electronically cannot be denied or clarified next day like this.

    You can not enjoy the luxury that politicians of 20th century enjoyed.

    So, THINK before you speak. Recommend

  • Moiz
    Apr 27, 2011 - 12:53PM

    I think this is the time to re-think on the provinces. As Karachi is the biggest city of Pakistan and in the Past it has 4 districts inside Karachi. So, why don’t we accept this and start campaign to make Karachi province. Although, I am not the supporter of PML(N) but I think the idea is great.Recommend

  • Muhammad Luqman
    Apr 27, 2011 - 8:00PM

    I was really surprised to see too much reaction from all the political parties who claim to be the national parties. Their reax showed that they are only Sindh based parties. If you can propose the bifurcation, trifurcation and even unlimited balkanization of Punjab, why not a politician can talk of bifurcation of Sindh on the same lines. Recommend

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