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PTI submits resolution on Hazara province


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PTI MPAs from Abottabad, Qalandar Khan Lodhi, Mushtaq Ghani and Sardar Idrees submitting resolution for Hazara province at Provincial Assembly Secretariat. — File photo
PTI MPAs from Abottabad, Qalandar Khan Lodhi, Mushtaq Ghani and Sardar Idrees submitting resolution for Hazara province at Provincial Assembly Secretariat. — File photo

PESHAWAR: Three lawmakers of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf submitted a resolution with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Secretariat here on Friday, asking the federal government to create Hazara province by making relevant amendment to the Constitution.

MPAs from Abbottabad district, including the chief minister’s special assistant Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, advisor Qalandar Khan Lodhi and parliamentary secretary Sardar Mohammad Idrees, submitted their joint resolution, which is expected to be tabled in the coming session of the assembly. Governor Engineer Shaukatullah on Friday summoned the assembly session on Tuesday next.

MPA Mushtaq Ghani told Dawn that they had prepared the draft of the resolution after meeting with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in Peshawar on Thursday to seek his consent. PTI MNA from Abbottabad Dr Mohammad Azhar Khan Jadoon was also present on the occasion.

“The chief minister fully agreed with the text of the resolution and it will be tabled in the assembly in its coming session,” he said and added that PTI’s coalition partners and opposition parties in the provincial assembly would be taken into confidence to pass the resolution with consensus.

The three lawmakers hailing from Hazara division had joined the PTI after winning the May 11 general elections. The PTI has made commitment in its election manifesto to create separate province in the name of Hazara. Besides, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and local chapters of other political parties in Hazara division comprising seven districts have also supported creation of Hazara province.

Mr Ghani said that he had joined the PTI after seeking its firm assurance for supporting creation of Hazara province.

He said that the mover of the proposed resolution would do extensive homework within and outside the assembly before tabling the resolution.

The draft resolution said that the total population of the country was around 30 million before separation of East Pakistan. After the East Pakistan debacle four provinces; Punjab, Balochistan, NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Sindh were established.

According to the proposed resolution, Pakistan’s current total population is 180 million, but the number of the federating units remains the same, whereas India has 27 provinces and states while Afghanistan has 34 provinces. Keeping in view the administrative requirements and problems of the people these neighbouring countries had increased the number of the provinces, it said.

“Creation of Hazara province is the democratic, constitutional and political right of the people of Hazara,” the draft resolution said and added ‘therefore this assembly requests the federal government to add the word Hazara after Sindh; in Article 1 (2) (a) of the Constitution’.

Local chapters of political parties and civil society groups had made demand for the separate province when the then NWFP was being renamed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the 18th amendment. Also, the movement for Hazara province was launched in the area after renaming of the NWFP in April 2010.

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Ayaz Sep 07, 2013 08:09am

Creation of Hazara province is the democratic, constitutional and political right of the people of Hazara, but people of FATA have no rights at all.... that is pure mockery of fairness ... People of FATA are treated as cash cow by the Federal Government to procure foreign aid without ever spending a penny on the welfare of FATA people .... Those who voted Imran can see how he backstabbed them.... Those who were hoping that non-Pakhtun will work for them were used

Talha Sep 07, 2013 09:07am

Divide and Rule policy of Britishers has now been adopted by PTI.

Ayaz Sep 07, 2013 09:08am

So the real deals Khattak made to get the Chief Minister position and getting his whole family elected to the different assemblies coming to the forefront .... This is one of the real change they were talking about... The Imran Khan way of destroying what is left of the Pakhtun base after his sponsors failed in their games in Afghanistan..

Ahmed Sep 07, 2013 11:41am

Non-sense initiative. It shows the poor mind set of politicians specifically and public generally. Any analysis on cost-benefit if it actually happens? What resources this province will get under the NFC mechanism MINUS additional administrative cost AS COMPARED TO what this region is currently getting. The people in the picture is sure about one thing that there will be governor, CM, Ministers seats. [This will be very naive assumption that this new province will be free from corruption, nepotism and bad governance currently prevailing].

LoneWolf Sep 07, 2013 04:07pm

This is avery good and practical idea and long outstanding desire of the Hazara people. I sincerely hope and pray it works for the good of people of Pakistan, especially of Hazara.

Mir Sep 07, 2013 06:48pm

Great news,this is the right step.

Mohammed Yusaf Khan Sep 07, 2013 08:27pm

Actually, India has 28 Provinces/States and 7 Union Territories.

babar Sep 07, 2013 10:41pm

When PTI will submit a resolution for Muhajir province in Sindh. Muhajirs are about 20 million in Pakistan more than Hazaras.

Azam Sep 07, 2013 11:09pm

Excellent move by PTI.

bangash Sep 08, 2013 03:23am

What a waste of time and money.

Darshan Suri Sep 08, 2013 07:17am

Neither I live in Pakistan or a citizen of Pakistan but I was born in Bagra which was in District Abbottabad. Now I think my birth place District is Haripur. The language in the area is close to Punjabi and Urdu. Hazara resident do not know Pashto. Therefore it is logical to have a separate State than Pakhtunkhwa. If it happens in my life time I may visit my birth place and want to see what kind of development has been made.

Khan Sep 08, 2013 07:46am

First of all please don't compare Pakistan with Afghanistan. If you do than keep in mind that Afghanistan ranks first in corruption index. Making more provines will weaken the authority of the central government and will have to watch over more politicians and more corruption cases. As the saying goes "more division will weaken the center".

From previous article from dawn- Seeing the quality and seriousness of the Pakistani political class eats the arguments favoring the new provinces. Feudally oppressed, deliberately kept underdeveloped and family owned, the areas which are expected to become new provinces are controlled by the very families that are leading the campaign for new provinces.

Zaheer Gorsi Sep 08, 2013 11:10am

Great move. If succeeded, this resolution will help people determine their own destinies and dilute the monopoly of ruling class and thus alleviate the control of extractive political and economic institutions which are working in sync to the equitable distribution of resources among the masses.

umair Sep 08, 2013 01:04pm

Nice, same motion needs for Karachi TOO

haris Sep 09, 2013 02:17pm

Diesel won't support this resolution. He is in the opposition benches in the provincial assembly and almost 48% of the his political base in DI Khan is comprises of Hazaras. though they don't like him and certainly didn't vote for him but he always won from that region.

We are going to see him very active again in coming few days.