May 16, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday formed a committee pertaining to the formation of South Punjab province.
The six-member committee headed by former prime minister Balakh Sher Mazari was formed after the approval of Imran Khan.
PTI leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jahangir Tareen, Ishaq Khakwani, Khusro Bakhtiar and Tahir Bashir Cheema would be members of the committee.
The committee will devise a plan for the formation of South Punjab province.
The committee will finalize suggestions in 100 days and present it to the PTI chairman.
The committee will also be authorized to seek help from experts.
With elections due in a couple of months, the move is being considered strategic aimed at garnering maximum electables from southern part of Punjab which has maximum (majority) seats in the National Assembly — enough to form government on federal level on a simple majority basis.
The ruling party PML-N presently holds sway in the province and has governed in the province for the last two 5-year terms.
Last month, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto while speaking at a gathering of PPP workers in Multan, said: “We will make separate province (of south Punjab) and end the deprivation of this belt if you people support us.”
He also raised slogans, ‘Ghinson, Ghinson, Sooba Ghinson’ (we will get the (new) province ) to a cheering crowd.
The PML-N Minister for Power Division Awais Leghari had also said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will include a plan of Bahawalpur and South Punjab province to its manifesto for elections.
Holding a press conference in Islamabad, Leghari had said some of their fellows from South Punjab have resigned from their National Assembly membership, but the PML-N would handle this sudden political stunt in a positive manner for it has always dreamed of development in South Punjab.
Eight PML-N lawmakers from South Punjab had announced quitting the ruling party. Those deserting the PML-N included 6 MNAs and 2 MPAs, who announced to launch a mass movement for making southern Punjab a separate province.
Those who quit joined PTI this month on the assurance that their demand for separate province would be accommodated.