LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday unanimously approved resolutions in favour of reinstating the Bahawalpur province and the formation of a separate province in southern Punjab.
Both resolutions were tabled by Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) leader and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah during Wednesday’s session of the provincial assembly. The Punjab Assembly has asked the federal government to set up a National Commission immediately to examine all aspects including constitutional‚ administrative‚ legal and financial matters and distribution of resources regarding creation of the new provinces. The House through these resolutions said the proposed Election Commission should submit its recommendation at the earliest.
Leaders of Opposition Raja Riaz Ahmed, Chaudhry Zaheerud Din of the PML-Q, Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood of PML-Functional and MMA’s Ali Haider Noor Niazi in their separate speeches endorsed the resolutions, saying the creation of new provinces was imminent to remove the sense of deprivation among the people of neglected areas of the country. Raja Riaz said they were backing the resolution as they wanted to sacrifice everything for the sake of the masses. Status of Bahawalpur, he opined, must be restored. He demanded the other provinces also contribute towards this end.