New Province: ‘Make Bahawalpur a province’

PML-Q and BNAP leaders claimed that the problems faced by Bahawalpur division could not be resolved otherwise.


Our Correspondent July 23, 2013

BAHAWALPUR: Leaders of several political parties on Monday demanded the restoration of the provincial status of Bahawalpur.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) MNA Tariq Bashir Cheema, MPA Muhammad Afzal and Bahawalpur National Awami Party (BNAP) General Secretary Mian Ilyas Ayaz and Additional Secretary Mian Rafatur Rehman called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to restore the provincial status of Bahawalpur.

Addressing press conferences in Bahawalpur and public meetings in Yezman, PML-Q and BNAP leaders claimed that the problems faced by 12.5 million people of Bahawalpur division could not be resolved till the restoration of Bahawalpur province.  They said people living in Lahore and also areas closer to it were facing less load shedding compared to those living in Bahawalpur region. They said mega development projects were still confined to Lahore and no efforts had been made for the uplift of south Punjab.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2013.

COMMENTS (5)

Muneeb | 7 years ago | Reply @Zahir Cheema: as matter of fact most of the raw material like cotton and wheat is produced from southern Punjab. and Bahawalpur was the richest state. if u still disagree then go and take a history class...
vaqas | 7 years ago | Reply

Not really interested in history, however rich it maybe. We as a nation have a pathological love of living in the past. Having said that, i am all for new provinces. The more the merrier. Make every district into a new province and you will not be disappointed in the outcome. Provided they are given autonomy to function and to resolve their own issues.

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