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.