“We are working for the creation of a South Punjab province purely for administrative reasons,” Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi said on Friday.
In a statement issued on Friday the deputy prime minister said he had discussed the matter with National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi during a meeting at Elahi’s house on Friday. He said they had exchanged views regarding the prevailing political situation in the country and the next general elections.
Elahi said that during his term as the chief minister he had provided an unprecedented amount of development funds for the people of South Punjab. The deputy PM said that his party was the first to adopt a resolution for the South Punjab province on May 5, 2010.
He hoped that the creation of new province will help solve the problems of the people of the region.
“We are also in favour of a Hazara province and are working for it,” he said. Elahi said that the PML-Q had been speaking for the deprived and the oppressed in the society.
Kundi said the PPP and the PML-Q ‘will not rest until the people of the region were given their rights’. He said that several PML-N MNAs from South Punjab did not agree with the policies the party was pursuing.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2012.
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