PTI Throws Weight Behind Demand For New Provinces After 8 PML-N Lawmakers Break Rank to Demand New Province in So Punjab
(PKONWEB) — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Fawad Chaudhry said the party supported a separate province for the people of South Punjab.
Fawad while addressing a press conference at the party’s chairman secretariat in Lahore on Monday commented on the presser of eight PML-N leaders from South Punjab who demanded new provinces “for the security of the future of the children of South Punjab.”
“The people of South Punjab have taken the right direction as there is no development there. New provinces should be made on administrative basis. People from central Punjab will also join PTI very soon,” he said.
Khusro Bakhtiar, a PML-N leader from South Punjab, held a press conference on Monday flanked by like-minded lawmakers to demand new provinces “for the security of the future of the children of south Punjab.”
During his press conference, Bakhtiar explained: “New provincial demarcations are the need of the time. We are not here to start a rift — time has made the need for new provinces very apparent.”
“The demarcation of new provinces will ensure that funds allocated for Rajanpur are not given to Multan,” he continued. “All we want is equality amongst the regions.”
“We have a single point agenda: the creation of a new province in south Punjab,” Bakhtiar said while announcing that he, along with the other like-minded lawmakers, would start the ‘South Punjab Front’ movement.
“The size of South Punjab is almost the same as Khyber Pashtunkhawa. We have 46 MNAs in the [National] Assembly at the moment and yet they gave us just one seat in the Senate.”
Speaking of the movement’s direction, Bakhtiar said, “We are ready for dialogue with any party.”
Our goal is simple: when the new assemblies take oath, the legislation for a new province should be passed within the first session. If that does not happen, we will go to the Supreme Court,” he said to cries of assent.
During the press conference, it was announced that a total of six MNAs and two MPAs would be defecting from the PML-N and resigning from their posts soon.
Tahir Basheer Cheema, one of the PML-N defectors, said: “This demand [for a new province] is not a new one, it is a demand our ancestors made and a demand our children will make.”
“It is time we are given equal rights,” Cheema continued, adding that the demand for a new province is one that various South Punjab leaders have made throughout Pakistan’s history.
He added: “This need [for a different province in south Punjab] is not a linguistic problem. Our demand is simply to safeguard our rights.”
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