All-parties conference: Call for creation of Hazara province

Shutter down and wheel-jam strike across Hazara announced for May 1.

Our Correspondent April 20, 2012


Pro-Hazara activists have vowed to launch a civil disobedience movement if the government ignores their demand for a separate province for Hazarewals.

Political parties and civil society members gave a call for a strike across Hazara division on May 1 against the government’s “disregard of the demand of Hazarewals” at an all-parties’ conference (APC) on Wednesday.

They also vowed to hold protest camps and marches outside the parliament house during the budget session if their demand was sidelined.

The conference was called following the president and prime minister’s increasing support for the creation of Seraiki province, superseding the demand for Hazara province. Participants decided to resist the creation of Seraiki province if a separate unit was not carved out for them.

Chairman Suba Hazara Tehrik (SHT) Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said they would launch a civil disobedience movement in case the government rejected their demand.

“The resolution on new provinces should be tabled in parliament to put an end to the politics of discrimination and exploitation,” he said.

APC participants decided to invite members of PML-N and ANP in future conferences. The conference was organised by SHT.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2012.


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