New provinces: Political outfits form Hazara advocacy arm

PML-N, ANP distance themselves from move.


Express August 17, 2011

ABBOTABAD:


The movement for a separate Hazara province gained momentum on Tuesday when the district chapters of all major political and religious parties agreed to form an advocacy group Suba Hazara Tehrik.


The announcement came at a news conference held after a meeting where the decision was made. The council will be headed by former mayor of Mansehra district Sardar Muhammad Yousuf. Hazara-based district heads of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Samiul Haq, and Sunni Tehreek participated in the meeting. However, members of coalition partner in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Awami National Party (ANP) and opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) distanced themselves from the group.

“The council will apply a two-pronged policy. From outside the parliament, we will mount pressure on the government and within the assemblies, we will garner support for the adoption of a resolution making the Hazara division a province,” Yousuf said.

Bringing attention to the struggle for Hazara province, he said that seven people had been shot dead by police on April 12, 2010, during a demonstration by supporters of the struggle.

“We will not let this sacrifice go to waste,” he said. “The movement proved as a catalyst for the demand of new federating units and has gained momentum within a short span of time.”



Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2011.

COMMENTS (1)

A J Khan | 9 years ago | Reply Pakhtunkhwa will remain till Pakistan is there on the map of World. Pashtuns are the van guards of Pakistan. The propaganda of the anti Pakistan elements against Pashtuns has already been buried in the Grave Yard of vested interests. All those who support Hazara province on ethnic ground to the detriment of Pashtun unity and interests will not be voted by Pashtuns in coming elections. PPP and JUI F should be specially care full in this regard as they have Pashtun Vote bank. PML Q is evaporating in thin air and MQM has no vote bank in Pakhtunkhwa and it does not matter to any Pashtun. Every Pashtun knows that MQM views Pashtuns as its enemy # 1 and has allegedly been involved in their killings. Hazara is the "atoot ang" of Pakhtunkhwa. Any one who tries to severe it will not go with impunity.
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