ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, bashing the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), asked how can a party which has never had a single councilor in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa or Punjab ask for new provinces in these regions with its leader “sitting in London”.
Khan was talking to the media outside the Parliament on Thursday when he said that there was a particular party which was creating drama in the National Assembly over the creation of new provinces. “The party’s terror can only stay on the people of Karachi… A party in Karachi cannot make provinces in other provinces.”
He also said that provinces are not made by giving speeches or by slinging mud on the opposing parties, they are made through commissions.
He added that a commission should be formed for the creation of provinces and a new province can only be formed after the provincial assembly, national assembly and the senate approves it as per the laws.
The opposition leader reiterated his party Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz’s support for the creation of Hazara, Bahawalpur and the south Punjab province.
ANP chief criticises MQM
Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali also lashed out at the MQM and said that a party that had never had a councilor in the Hazara region or the Seraiki belt was standing up and talking about dividing the provinces.
Wali said that he was aware of their intentions and targets, and also added that they will never be able to achieve them.
He said that if the Punjab Assembly is not asked and a Seraiki bill comes forward, his party will be against it, adding that it was their right according to the constitution.
Wali said that people who were demanding new provinces had brought up a non-issue at a time when the country was going through so much.
“If you hate the Pakhtun name so much, what are you going to do with those sitting in Hazara,” said Wali after stating that the region had a majority Pakhtun population.
‘MQM is Pakistan’s party’
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar responded to Khan’s statements by saying that harsh statements were being made against his party.
“They are terming us as Karachi’s party… If we don’t have a seat in Punjab, then you don’t have any in Sindh either. Why are you coming to Sindh and talking about its problems?” he remarked.
He said that his party is “Pakistan’s party” and wherever there is injustice in the country his party will get up to solve it. “Pakistan is as much ours as it is yours… You don’t have any authority to judge who is Pakistani and who is not.”
On the creation of new provinces, he said that the MQM has brought up the issues of the people on institutional grounds and he is sure that the party’s demands will be passed by a majority in the house.