Tribune Take: Creation of new provinces could set a dangerous precedent

Published: January 6, 2012

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take, we take a look at the conflict between various parties even as they all call for the creation of new province(s) in south Punjab.

Gibran Peshimam, News Editor of The Express Tribune in Karachi, says that one of the reasons why the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are at a logger heads despite all wanting the creation of new province(s) in south Punjab was the fact that the MQM had by-passed the provincial assemblies and tabled a resolution in the national assembly.

He says that while both ANP and MQM do not have any support in south Punjab, but the creation of any new province in south Punjab would set a precedent for the creation of other provinces, such as the ethnic Hazara province in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the alleged Jinnahpur state, believed to have been thought up by the MQM.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 6, 2012 - 3:09AM

    There are lot of Muhajirs lived in Bahawalpur, saray alagir, Multan, Rahim yar khan and also
    in small villages of south punjabs since 1947 and there is little presence of muhajirs in KP also exist. and jinnahpur is a joke of 19th century hahahahahahah


  • Tamaaz Khan
    Jan 6, 2012 - 3:22AM

    Punjab, Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Baluchistan are all provinces made on the basis of ethnicity.

    What’s wrong with provinces on the basis of ethinicity?
    We tried denying our Bengali friends a right to their ethnicity and see what happened.

    If we keep force down the expression of our various ethinicities it will only serve to divide our people, NOT unite them.


  • Afaaq
    Jan 6, 2012 - 4:43AM

    There is nothing wrong in breaking up provinces. Decentralization is a good modern tool. Just to give an example the USA has 300 Million people, we are 200 Million people. They have 50 States, we have 4 Provinces. Dividing our inept provinces will help in people being looked after at a macro level. There are a lot more benefits to breaking up the feudal monopolistic provinces …


  • waqar bilwany
    Jan 6, 2012 - 9:44AM

    There should be a new province for the muhajir community of karachi and hyderabad where we live as the majority.if our saraiki brothers are being given a new province,then why not the muhajirs?


  • Qaisrani
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:17PM

    OK D’not give us Saraiki province.

    Just spend 80% Punjab development budget to Saraikistan for 30 years atleast to compensate for all accesses made against Saraikis.Give us at least 10 universities,5 medical colleges,10 cadet colleges,60% share in provincial jobs,more people in judiciary and in military as well.If it’s OK then no problem for us.

    Similarly appoint Saraiki lecturers in all districts of Punjab and introduce Saraiki in all Punajb universities as well.Put some provincial offices in Rahimyar Khan too so that people from Lahore should travel there to feel the pain too.If you cannot do htis,then give us our own pprovince.

    Long live Saraikistan,Long Live Pakistan.


  • Hameedullah
    Jan 6, 2012 - 6:15PM

    @waqar bilwany:
    Because Siraikis are living in that area for centuries and they inhabit that land and culturally and historically they are rooted there. So they should be given their identity; a separate province but not bypassing the provincial assemblies. Muhajirs are not rooted in Karachi, they migrated here after partition and have no historical and cultural roots to Karachi so that’s why Muhajir province cannot be made. And lastly Muhajirs in Karachi are not neglected community.Recommend

  • Jan 7, 2012 - 3:51PM

    strange, u did not publish my comments?????????


  • kala_bacha
    Jan 7, 2012 - 7:05PM

    You are very poor historian. Please read the history first and instead pointing roots. This is why we Pakistani elect these incompetent leaders and send to assembly and expect them to make competent decisions.


  • Hameedullah
    Jan 9, 2012 - 2:21PM

    First please will you elaborate on the roots of Muhajirs?
    I am not a historian but what I have said is true. Can you say the same what you say of Siraikis for Muhajirs? Certainly not.Recommend

  • Hameedullah
    Jan 9, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Saraiki is a language of great antiquity in Pakistan. It served as “Lingua Franca” among the people living around i.e. the Bloch and Sindhis, the Pashtoons and Punjabis etc. for centuries. It also remained the language of commerce and trade until recent times. Today over forty million people of South Punjab and Dera Ismail Khan region of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province speak Saraiki as their first language. It is widely spoken and understood as a second language in other areas of Punjab, Northern and Western Sindh down to the suburbs of Karachi, and in Kachhi plain of Baluchistan.

    “The vernacular dialects on which Saraiki is based are native to what is now the southwestern half of Punjab Province in Pakistan, south of the Salt Range of mountains.”Recommend

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