A delegation comprising parliamentarians and notables from Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.
The delegation included MNA Makhdoom Shahabuddin, provincial legislators Muhammad Tariq Amin Hotyana, Mian Muhammad Ali Laleka, Sardar Muhammad Afzal Tatlah and Chaudhry Shaukat Mahmood Basra.
Haider Zaman Qureshi, Rao Ijaz Ali Khan, Iftikhar Ali Chishti Jatla and Amjad Majeed Qureshi were also present during the meeting. The delegation thanked the president for his interest in the issues of southern Punjab and removing grievances and sense of deprivation of the people of the area.
The president reiterated that the Pakistan Peoples Party had promised a separate province for the people of south Punjab in view of their aspirations and their legitimate demands. He said that the party will continue making all efforts to fulfil its promise during its tenure.
He called upon the parliamentarians and notables to go to the masses and put the issue of South Punjab in the correct perspective that the creation of a separate province was not aimed against anyone but a part of nation building process of PPP.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2012.