THIS is apropos of the news item ‘New province bill gets through Senate’ (March 7). The creation of a new southern province is to escalate the danger of ethnicity in Pakistan which is anti-thesis to the country’s nationalism.
The government should be warned not to play politics at the cost of the country’s security. The demand for a south province is mainly to cut Punjab to size. If the government really thinks that the creation of new provinces will make Pakistan stronger, why Sindh should not be divided into two or three provinces on the lines of the administrative divisions which existed during the early days of Pakistan.
The possible motives for this scheme may be to deny Punjab the major part it plays in Pakistan politics and in the immediate future to tackle PML-N majority in the province in the upcoming elections.
But epitomising this scheme will hurt Pakistan’s solidarity and unity. It will increase vigourously vituperative ethnicity.
If the propensity to make new provinces in Pakistan becomes pervasive, the country would be again annihilated into several petty ethnic provinces. There may be a rising demand for new provinces within Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan where already the elements of separatism are somewhat established.
This is a scheme beset with grave consequences. The scheme to create new provinces would damage Pakistan eventually and not just one or the other political party.
SAMINA SARWAR Kharian