New federating units: Bahawalpur politicians oppose Seraiki province

BNAP members argue that ethnic-based provinces are a bad idea.

Kashif Zafar July 02, 2011


The leadership of the Bahawalpur National Awami Party announced its opposition to the recent moves by several leading political parties, including the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, to support the creation of a new province in the Seraiki belt of southern Punjab and called for Bahawalpur’s provincial status to be restored.

The party, which consists of several leading Bahawalpur politicians, including many from the former ruling family of the pre-independence Bahawalpur princely state, argues that creating a Bahawalpur province is less threatening to the federation since it does not rely upon ethnicity to carve the boundaries of a new federating unit.

Their views have been echoed by many political analysts, who believe that Pakistan’s political and military establishment may find the idea of a Bahawalpur province easier to stomach, especially since it would a restoration of a status that the district enjoyed between 1947, when the princely state acceded to Pakistan, and 1954, when all of then-West Pakistan was amalgamated into “one unit”.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.


muhammad saleem bawany | 10 years ago | Reply if new provinces are being made then a new province for the muhajir community in sindh must also be made.Why only a saraiki sooba,why not a muhajir sooba?? we've contributed the most in making pakistan what it is today.we are the ones who've built karachi into the economic powerhouse that it is today.All the industries that have been set up,all the commercial markets,the karachi stock exchange run with our money.the muhajirs need and deserve a province of their home and a province built out of karachi and hyderabad for us would be great. either no new provinces should be made or if they are being made then a muhajir province should also be made.
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