Former information minister Fouzia Wahab has called upon the people of south Punjab to support the Pakistan Peoples Party in the next general elections if they wanted a separate province.
She was speaking to media in Multan on Monday before leaving for Sanawan to attend a ceremony to distribute keys to 300 houses among families affected by last summer’s flood. The houses have been built under a joint project of the PPP and the Bahria Town for rehabilitation of the flood affected people.
Wahab said her party respected the demand for a separate province. She said the people of the region must vote for the PPP so that it can take ‘tough decisions’ in their favour.
She criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and said that the party was offering lip-service to the demand for a Seraiki province.
“The Sharif brothers have spent billions of rupees from taxpayers’ money on the construction of a few roads in Lahore,” she said.
Wahab said President Asif Ali Zardari would soon visit Multan and discuss the issue of a Seraiki province with the stakeholders.
She said the PPP had 22 National Assembly seats from the southern districts of Punjab and that the only way the people could hope to get their separate province was by electing the party in the next general elections.
“You don’t have to protest for a separate province, it is your right,” she told the people.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2011.