Punjab Assembly passes South Punjab, Bahawalpur province resolutions

The resolutions were submitted by Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday.

Web Desk May 09, 2012

LAHORE: Resolutions pertaining to the creation of the South Punjab province and restoration of Bahawalpur province were unanimously approved in the session of the Punjab Assembly held today, Express News reported.

Both resolutions were submitted by Punjab Law Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah.

“Nawaz  Sharif’s vision, his thinking has been fully endorsed in this approval,” said Rana Sanaullah in a statement.

Raja Riaz, while speaking to the media said, “We have unanimously approved these regulations to express our unity with the people of south Punjab.”

“A wave of happiness must have definitely spread in this deprived area, the credit of which goes to PPP, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari,” he said.

The opposition in the Punjab Assembly, led by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), had called for a session today (Wednesday) where a resolutions pertaining to the creation of new provinces were to be tabled.

Usually, the opposition benches as opposed to the government benches call for a Punjab Assembly session due to poor law and order situation, wheat procurement issues or inflation. But the opposition specifically called for a session demanding the formation of a South Punjab province.

Following the opposition’s move, Rana Sanaullah had submitted the resolutions on Tuesday.


Bewildered Banda south Punjab | 10 years ago | Reply

@MohAdnan: The creation of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh states /provinces out of Indian Punjab was more on ethnic & cultural lines than any other reasons or grounds. The Indians created Haryana for Haryanvi-speaking Hindus, considering their identity different from Punjabi Sikhs. Similarly the people of Himachal Pradesh got their state /province as they were culturally, linguistically & ethnically different from the Punjabi-speaking Sikhs. Like-wise, the bsic intention or grounds, for the British rulers, for separating the areas of present KPK /NWFP from the Punjab in /around the close of 19th century were the history, culture & ethnicity. I want to make the learned Punjabi readers understand & recognize the identity of the people of Seraiki areas, inclusive of Bahawalpur.

Khalq e Khuda | 10 years ago | Reply


My brothers from Punjab, who said that the two provinces of Punjab will have separate Seante seats? If Bahawalpur wants a province it can have it but do you think that they will get separate Senate seats, answer is no!

The whole province of South Punjab ie Bahawalpur plus South Punjab are likely to get 22 extra seats and while Bahawalpur is likely to side with Lahore, Multan will tilt towards Sindh for sure.

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