PESHAWAR: The resolution moved by three Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf lawmakers in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly about the creation of Hazara province has landed their ruling party in the province as well as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in a catch-22 situation.

Top PTI and PML-N leaders have put their heads together on how to get out of the situation as before the May 11 general elections, the two parties had made firm commitments with their voters in Hazara division to give them separate province.

The two parties had won 16 provincial assembly seats from Hazara division particularly Haripur, Abbottabad and Mansehra districts.

Sources said Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and opposition leader Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan had discussed prose and cons of the resolution during one-on-one meeting held at the latter’s chambers in the assembly secretariat on Thursday evening.

An MPA of PML-N from Hazara confirmed that the two leaders discussed the resolution, but was skeptical about the fate of the resolution, which is likely to be tabled during the ongoing session of the assembly.

Three MPAs of PTI from Abbottabad, including Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Qalandar Khan Lodhi and Sardar Mohammad Idrees, had submitted the resolution without taking the coalition partners of the ruling party, including Jamaat-i-Islami, Qaumi Watan Party and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan, on board.

QWP and JI have concerns over the resolution.

QWP spokesman Tariq Khan termed the move political gimmick and said it was illogical to create separate province for only two and a half districts.

JI wants a national commission to make a plan for creation of new provinces in the country.

“Our party is in favour of new federating units but it should not be carved out on ethnic or linguistic grounds,” said JI spokesman Israrullah advocate.

The move has also confused members of the ruling party in Peshawar, where PTI swept the May 11 elections, oppose causing divisions within the province on linguistic grounds.

One lawmaker of PTI said majority of the MPAs from Peshawar valley might not support the resolution and its repercussion would be very serious for the party in the Pakhtun-populated areas of the province.

“The CM might have agreed with the MPAs on tabling resolution in the assembly, but there is very clear division within the party on the issue,” he said, adding that if the party supported such resolution, then the people from Malakand and Southern districts could also make the same demands.

“Then what!” he asked.

In background interviews, members of the treasury and opposition benches believe that resolution had been submitted to create problems for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Punjab province, where different political groups have been demanding Bahawalpur, South Punjab and Seraiki provinces.

When contacted, Awami National Party parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak said creation of new federating unit was the constitutional right of the people of the region, but the motive behind resolution for Hazara province was to create trouble for the prime minister.

He said MPAs from Hazara might not garner support within the party to pass the resolution.

PML-N, which had won 10 provincial assembly seats from Hazara division in general elections, is at the crossroads in the prevailing situation.

The party neither opposes nor supports the resolution if it is tabled in the assembly.

“PML-N is in double jeopardy. If it supports Hazara province, then other parties can demand Seraiki and Southern Punjab provinces, and if it opposes, then it can lose support in Hazara region,” said Zareen Gul, an MPA of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl from Torghar district, which is also part of Hazara division.

One legislator of PML-N from Mansehra said leaders of PML-N and PTI were in contact to find out a viable solution of the issue.

He said both parties wanted to have a diluted form a resolution instead of demanding Hazara province.

The legislator said PML-N could not back out from its commitment and would have to support Hazara province.

“It can be a political disaster for PML-N if it opposes the resolution,” he said, adding that rival political parties, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement, would exploit the situation after the passage of the resolution.

“Creation of a separate province is a genuine demand of the people of Hazara, but division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should not be on ethnic or linguistic grounds,” he said.

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Tariq Mehsud
September 14, 2013 8:35 am

Province Hazara yes why not.

September 14, 2013 9:51 am

PTI and PML-N are the front for hidden hands which are bent on marginalizing Pakhtuns. .... To avoid disintegration of the country, the country needs to be divided into 40-50 divisions on administrative basis.... Politicians should not be allowed to use these tactics to promote their narrow interests ....

NK Ali
September 14, 2013 12:00 pm

Excellent! Viva! Bravo! Pakistan has to come of age, start behaving maturely, and rationally. Education and economics benefits must be made available to citizens. In sixty-six years we have learnt nothing except on how to nuclearize our weapons and delivery. Kill, sectarian racism, corrupt, procrastinate,and lies.
Just Look at the state of out 1973 Constitution, which is full of irrational amendments without any check on the balance of powers between PM and President. Let the Hazara province be formed for the country and let us enter the 21st century as an educated and developing . Salams

September 14, 2013 12:31 pm

It is the right of people of Hazara if Pmln or Pti both do not support it they will commit a pllolitical suicide in Hazara Well done mushtaq Ghani and others for resolution

September 14, 2013 6:14 pm

Pakistan and Pakistanis were in much better condition when whole of today's Pakistan was only one Province of West Pakistan. And another being East Pakistan. The more administrative, political and religious division and the more additions of different sorts of agencies have only resulted in more and more corruption, exploitation,violence, insecurity, sufferings and disintegration. The true peace, security, prosperity and happiness comes to the people through honest, sincere and truly patriotic leaders, administration and governance and not through decentralization and disintegration of administrative units. The time has proved the same.

September 14, 2013 8:29 pm

Give them the Hazara province and let the Hazaras run it. That is the only way you would stop mayhem and murder of Hazaras. Or. else you can eventually have another BanglaDesh on your hands in Balochistan and Hazara Land. Additionally, if you don't give the Hazaras the freedom to maintain their own affairs in Pakistan, with what face do you Pakistanis ask for self-determination in Kashmir or in the Middle East or any other parts of the world where you claim Muslims are oppressed?

Taha Lateef
September 15, 2013 5:44 am

Please let us try to do something to fix the economy fix and the law and order situation in the country first. Trying to put the PM in a tight spot will not help nor will creation of provinces on linguistic and ethnical grounds help. Yes we can think about trying to create new provinces, but please for the sake of the country let us prioritize what we want to get done first. Starting too many things at the same time is bound to achieve nothing and will be waste of nation's time and resources.

For PML-N: I am not a PML-N supporter. But you are in the government now and I want you succeed for the sake of the country. The PM has to consider himself as the PM of Pakistan and not of a single province or only of those who voted for him. Decide and act in the best interests of the country and not of yourself and of your party.

September 15, 2013 7:04 pm

Asalam-O-Alaikum! My opinion to this resolution. I think the solution to this province making problem can be solved on equal grounds throughout PAKISTAN. Every division should be considered to be made a new province, so no issues arise at different times for a new province. Also for better and strong local governments i think it is necessary to make new provinces or states under the federal.

September 15, 2013 10:49 pm

Demand for Hazara province is purely on administrative basis. Those who think its lingual or ethnic issue do not understand the demand in its true sense. Hazara is an area where, besides Urdu, four local languages are spoken, Hindko, Kohistani, Gojri and Pushtu. Similarly, Its a mixture of many races and cultures. Therefore, the demand for province is only on administrative grounds. Hazara has no land road connection with rest of KPK. If you have to travel from Hazara to Peshawar, you have to pass through two districts of Punjab. Is it not unnatural alliance? Its a time for some right action before its too late.

September 16, 2013 8:03 am

The resolution should be modrated to a demand for a comission to look in to provisions for new provinces in whole the pakistan. Could we move toward 10-12 provinces Then what about the provinces which do not generate funds?

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