Grandstanding: PTI will create a Seraiki province, Qureshi says

Published: June 30, 2015
Shah Mehmood Qureshi. PHOTO AFP

Shah Mehmood Qureshi. PHOTO AFP


Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that the party was cognizant of the grievances the people of south Punjab and would create a Seraiki province when it came to power.

Addressing a public meeting in UC-75, he said the PTI was committed to addressing discrimination in the region.

“The PTI will struggle for the rights of Seraiki people,” he said.

He said the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had used the demand for a Seraiki province to garner votes.

“Before the election, they take up the issue to curry favour with voters,” he said. “After they are voted in, they have no plans to implement,” he said.

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He said the PML-N had broadened the debate on a south Punjab province by calling for a Bahawalpur province.

“This is an attempt to divide the Seraiki nationalists,” he said.

He said the PTI did not believe in ruling by dividing people.

“Genuine efforts will be made to address this demand [for south Punjab province] once the PTI comes to power,” he said.

Qureshi said the PTI was not an ordinary political party.

“The people of Pakistan have tested the PPP and the PML-N five times,” he said. “Each time they have been disappointed. Their voters now feel alienated. They have nothing new to offer the voters,” he said.

Both the parties had failed to provide relief to citizens. He said governments under these parties had not addressed the problems of peasants.

He said the south Punjab region played a key contribution in the agriculture sector but there was no policy to improve living standards of its people living here.

He said long hours of load shedding had destroyed businesses in the region. He said foreign investment in the region had been declined due to poor governance.

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Qureshi said 1,400 people in Karachi had died but no one was willing to accept that negligence and poor governance had aggravated the crisis.

Qureshi said Pakistan Army had rendered immense sacrifices in the war on terror. He said the PTI would not tolerate criticism of the army.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2015.


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Reader Comments (19)

  • Layman
    Jun 30, 2015 - 10:33AM

    If we want Pakistan to progress then there is no doubt that there should be more provinces specially in bigger once like Punjab and SINDH, I am a Punjabi and I am die hard supporter of Seraiki and south SINDH ( Karachi ) province, this will be beneficial for federation and as well as end the feeling of discrimination and alienation of the people from those areas.Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Jun 30, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Shame on PTI for doing the same politics of Divide and Rule what PPP tried to do in Punjab and failed. Also first define that what is meant by a Seraiki identity. Is it a Language?. Is it a Pure different ethnicity or what?. Also why before 1960 no Written Seraiki even existed.?
    Kindly rather than finding differences among the people of Punjab concentrate on the development and progressive thoughts. People will reject exclusive type politics.
    Politics on vague identities must be avoided at all costs. Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Jun 30, 2015 - 11:19AM

    @Layman I can give you a guarantee that you are not a Punjabi. Also this newly created Seraiki identity is developed just to divide Punjab and to end the Punjabi identity for good. It happened in Indian where Haryanvi was created first out of Punjabi and then Punjab was divided. Pakistani establishment will use the same trick to develop cracks in Punjab based on the same concept. Punjabi language and culture have been destroyed for centuries. Every Ruler used us and abused our culture and language. After not Recognizing Punjabi dialects for hundreds of Years now we are being divided when Punjabi language is being transformed into many other forms and many Settlers like Baloch, Qureshis, Niazis etc are now using such rhetoric to create differences among the population. .Recommend

  • Jun 30, 2015 - 11:28AM

    First create Hazara province.

    “The people of Pakistan have tested the
    PPP and the PML-N five times.”
    Was he not in PPP when people were testing PPP and PMLN five times?Recommend

  • Jutt Puttar
    Jun 30, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Now the so called experts on Seraiki identity mostly from KP, Sindh and Balochistan will give us lectures that how to make this new identity. Everyone is having the hawkish eyes when it comes to Punjabi. I am sure the idea is to have a Greater KP and then to divide punjab into pieces with certain difference to end the punjabi identity. First Seraiki and then people of north punjab will be given lectures that you are potoharis only. Then Lahoris will be told that you are only Pakistanis and so on. The key is just to divide punjab into many pieces and then to pit its people against each other to create further differences.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 30, 2015 - 11:33AM

    You had your chance and you messed up…… you are just compounding it.Recommend

  • ADIl
    Jun 30, 2015 - 12:10PM

    Plz Shah Mehmood Qureshi is not serving as a vice chairman of PTI but acting as a national organiser of his party.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 30, 2015 - 2:01PM

    Punjab is a province that prides itself orbits pruralism – SMQ must not be allowed to conduct his ethnic politics here .Recommend

  • Malveros
    Jun 30, 2015 - 2:36PM

    An indian’s comment is unwarranted on this forum.Recommend

  • Malveros
    Jun 30, 2015 - 2:39PM

    Unbelievable. A corrupt gaddee nasheen himself will now preach to Punjabis on their identity. PTI will never win elections from Punjab for sure.Recommend

  • Malveros
    Jun 30, 2015 - 2:42PM

    The objective of PPP, PTI and MQM is to loot South Punjab. That is why a dialect of Punjabi (Seraiki) which has no origins till the late 60’s is being promoted to create hate mongering among Punjabis. PTI will be rejected like PPP from South Punjab. SMQ can join the likes of Yousuf Raza Gillani in oblivion.Recommend

  • Atif
    Jun 30, 2015 - 4:33PM

    I’m surprised how some people are still think more provinces is like breaking up a country. More provinces should be made so that power is not concentrated to Chief Minister of Punjab. Chance of corruption is lesser if power is distributed amongst many. To give an example Japan has 47 prefectures and Italy has over 100 provinces. Both countries are smaller than Pak. I support the idea of creating more provinces along administrative lines.Recommend

  • Raja Porus
    Jun 30, 2015 - 5:28PM

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be the first one to oppose the creation of a so-called Seraiki province if the PTI ever comes into power. The reason being that he will most likely be nominated by the party as the Chief Minister of Punjab; would he go for a dilution in his geographical authority and power by dividing Punjab? The answer is NO. So he’s just making a political statement that should be completely ignored.Recommend

  • Brar
    Jun 30, 2015 - 9:09PM

    @Ayesha: Now East Panjab is not a Suba but Subi befurcated into Hayana, Himachal and Panjab.Recommend

  • Kamran Akmal
    Jun 30, 2015 - 11:19PM

    The province is demand of people in South Punjab. If you say all this infront of them, they will definitely give you TRUE answerRecommend

  • Fawad Nadeem
    Jun 30, 2015 - 11:20PM

    @Jutt Puttar:
    This is demand of people in South Punjab. Nawaz also promised them before electionRecommend

  • Raja Porus
    Jul 1, 2015 - 10:36AM

    I have been to South Punjab many times and not once have I heard from anybody the “demand for the creation of a separate province”. However, when politicians have nothing better to do or say, they start making up these stupid games to fool the people. Yes, the current CM Punjab needs to increase his focus on South Punjab’s development like CM Parvez Elahi did during his tenure. But that doesn’t mean you start making new provinces, it means you put pressure on the incumbent to govern them better. I would have expected a much more mature stance from Qureshi Sb. But in the end, politicians are all the same.Recommend

  • zatal
    Jul 2, 2015 - 4:39AM

    We want saraikistan, reasons for it are very few universities, very few hospitals, very few girls and boys colleges despite the fact population is increased many fold, in cholistaan people drink water from the same pond and similar situation is in rajan pur. No new district and tahseel has made after 50 years while in north punjab several new district and tahseel was created . One bridge between rahim yar kha and rajjan pur is under construction for more than 5 years while in lahore mega project are completed in 6 month , in rahim yar khan where the population is more than 50 lac and the area is 12 thousands square km , one isamia campus is built on 2.5 canal this is a joke . Recommend

  • ZMM
    Jul 2, 2015 - 10:09AM

    I wonder when is PTI going to make the Hazara Province (since it is in power in KP).
    Additionally, what will happen to the non saraiki areas of Southern Punjab like Rahim Yar Khan and Sadiqabad etc.
    The strategy they are using of “divide and Rule” is just going to make another province like interior sindh with no facilities of any kind.
    I can bet cities of southern Punjab are far better in infrastructure (Hospitals, roads, colleges etc as compared to northern sindh.
    @ zatal: there is islami uni in BWP, Sheikh Zaid Medical college and hospital in RYK, Can you find something like that in Northern Sindh???)

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