Zardari directs government to establish Seraiki bank

Published: April 15, 2012
President Zardari requests trader community to pour in capital needed for the establishment of the bank. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

President Zardari requests trader community to pour in capital needed for the establishment of the bank. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MULTAN: President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday directed the government to establish a Seraiki bank.

He also requested the traders community to pour in capital needed for the establishment of the bank.

On Saturday, President Zardari had called upon Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to immediately start consultative process with all the political parties with a view to make a separate Seraiki province in South Punjab.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar, while giving details of the meetings had said that the president had maintained that this was not politics but was meant to respect and honour the aspiration of the people of South Punjab who have been feeling deprived for the last sixty years and were demanding their just rights.

The president had said that the PPP promised to give identity to the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and that they had fulfilled their promises.

He had said that the people of this area have every right to demand and have their own province and the party leadership respected their wishes and aspirations. Furthermore, he had said that this was the right time to give what people have been asking for so long.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Whats in the name
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:53PM

    this guy is on another level…


  • Fareed
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:56PM

    Ahmmmm Helllllo?? How come president is making such decisions?? Recommend

  • Blithe
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:57PM

    There is already a Bank of Punjab.

    We certainly do not need more govt. banks, Recommend

  • yasar
    Apr 15, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Plan of government to come again in power
    1) Create more provinces (e.g. Seraiki province) to get votes from that area
    2) CNG will remain open 7 days a week ( using quota system)
    3) Temporarily ending electricity loadshedding for 2-3 months before elections
    4) Marginal increasing package for government employees and pensioners in this budget
    5) Bogus votes
    And you know what will happen afterwards!!!


  • Rokni
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:07PM

    What will the people of South Punjab do if their problems are not resolved after a Seraiki Sooba is created? Same question to the people of Hazara… Who will you blame then? Search you heart and then say that this is the solution to all your problems…


  • Yousuf
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Seraiki Bank so we can have Seriaki Bank Scandal !!


  • Qaisrani
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Way to go Mr president.We love you.

    Long live Saraikistan.Long Live Pakistan.


  • Talha Khan
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:41PM

    So now there should also be a Muhajir bank. PPP is so eager to make new provinces, it should start from sindh where it has two thirds majority. A new Muhajir sooba should immediately be formed, it’s the utmost need of the hour.


  • Sarfraz Usman
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:48PM

    If Saraiki and Hazara sooba yes, than Mohajir sooba yes also.
    Why is there discrimination against the Mohajirs in Pakistan? When the PPP led govt. can form new provinces by dividing up Punjab and KPK then Sindh must also be divided up at the earliest.
    If our Saraiki and Hazara brothers can get provinces of their own , than why not the Mohajirs?


  • Maryam
    Apr 15, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Great for Seraikee People and for Pakistan. Good initiative.


  • DevilHunterX
    Apr 15, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Sindh Bank is arm twisting Sindh Government organisations to withdraw money from other banks (including non-Government funds) and deposit in Sindh Bank.

    Will Seraiki Bank be any different?


  • Rehman
    Apr 15, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Seraiki sooba zindabad. Muhajir sooba Zindabad. Finally Urdu speakers will get recognition of their own. It is a good thing that provinces are made on language basis and all language speakers will get their due rights. We will have our provincial headquarter in Karachi and Hyderabad and Karachi will be in province.


  • Amjad
    Apr 15, 2012 - 6:46PM

    now can we officially have a ZARDARI back please?


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 15, 2012 - 7:27PM

    There are considerable people who are already on the streets and demanding that Karachi should be made a separate province.

    Karachi should also be allowed to make “Karachi Bank”.

    People of Karachi have also been feeling deprived since the quota system has been enforced in the country.

    By demanding to make Karachi a separate province, people of Karachi are demanding their just rights.


  • Munnu
    Apr 15, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Even then! We want a Saraiki Province, right there.Understand!


  • imposter
    Apr 15, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Long live Zardari! We salute you!


  • Meekal Ahmed
    Apr 15, 2012 - 8:48PM


    I agree completely.

    Both if it comes to that, let the government only put in some seed money and get the private sector to contribute.


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Apr 15, 2012 - 11:39PM

    This man is doing exactly what late Mr.Farooq Leghary said in his interview with Asma Chaudhry one year before his death.Can some one in Dunya TV pick up the courage & replay that interview,so that people know what are the intentions of this person.


  • us_roamer
    Apr 16, 2012 - 1:08AM

    Aik Zardari sab pa Bari


  • mohsin
    Apr 16, 2012 - 4:32AM

    This is a dictatorship under the guise of a democracy.


  • Apr 16, 2012 - 10:50AM

    Creating a Seraiki Bank is not going to help the poor of South Punjab. Creating a new province in the name of a particular racial group is going to set a dangerous precedence. President Zardari is playing “dirty” politics. His aim is not to help the poor or make them powerful but to curtail the power of the Punjab. Zardari knows very well that a new province or provinces cannot be created unless the constitution is amended.

    According to esteemed lawyer Mr S M Zafar, such an exercise will endanger Pakistan. Instead of playing politics PPP must do its best to alleviate poverty and educate masses instead of eliminating the poor.Recommend

  • syed Imran
    Apr 16, 2012 - 1:30PM

    Seraiki Bank will serve the interests of PPP and nothing more. Another door for loot and Plunder


  • Iqbal
    Apr 16, 2012 - 4:48PM

    In the words of Bertolt Brecht: ‘ It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk’ .


  • Observer's Eye
    Apr 17, 2012 - 11:07AM

    More Power to Democracy!


  • Kashmirian
    Apr 17, 2012 - 3:33PM

    I am getting fed up of this democracy, would like army to take over the government, it is getting insane.


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