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For Seraiki nationalists, it's a moral victory

Published Apr 27, 2012 03:24pm


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Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan. “The government, especially the prime minister, will enter the Seraiki region with a brave face,” analysts.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan. “The government, especially the prime minister, will enter the Seraiki region with a brave face,” analysts. – Photo by AFP

Concerned over Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani’s conviction in the contempt case, Pakistan Peoples Party loyalists and Seraiki nationalists have termed it “an attempt to revert the democratic revolution that was set to hit Pakistan.”

Chief Organiser of the Pakistan Seraiki Party Mansoor Karim Sial believes that the democratic norms that were established during the four-year rule of PPP have been attacked by the conviction of Prime Minister Gilani.

“Democracy is neither a magic wand nor it is a one-day process but in fact it is a continuous process and PPP government was leading the society towards a democratic revolution and the decision may hamper the national democratic revolution.”

The PPP representative character, Sial said, was maligned hit by the decision.

“Such verdicts are only appreciated in courtrooms, not on the roads by the public,” he told

“The real historic decision is not the one given by SC, it’s the decision taken by the party (PPP) to form the Seraiki province,” he added.

The decision to form a separate Seraiki province, if implemented, could be one of the most crucial ones taken during PPP’s current regime.

Zahoor Dhareja, a writer and an intellectual from Gilani’s hometown of Multan, believes the PM has been punished for raising voice for the establishment of Seraiki province and Seraiki Bank.

“A democratically elected Seraiki prime minister has been convicted for not changing his stand over the issue creating a new province for his nation” he said.

Despite the conviction, he firmly believes the “one-sided decisions” will not be able to demoralise the “Seraiki nation.”

“Victimization will strengthen the Seraiki people and it will be a blessing in disguise for them in their quest for a Seraiki identity and a province,” Dhareja said.

While it may seem that the court verdict has made the PM and his party, political martyrs, but writer and intellectual Ahsan Wagha believes that internally, the party exudes a triumphant confidence. but inside the ruling party the feeling is of winner.

“The government, especially the prime minister, will enter the Seraiki region with a brave face and the Zardari-Gilani government, having been put under pressure, may not care to move toward practicalities of the province.”

Meanwhile, member of PPP’s Central Executive Committee Haidar Gardezi was critical of the judiciary’s decision, saying that it always set selective standards by “supporting the dictators and victimising the democratic governments.”

The author is Dawn's Multan correspondent.


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Comments (11) Closed

Capt Mansur Khundowa May 03, 2012 01:15pm
Good move to make Seraiki a new province. All the money was spent on big cities like Lahore whereas small cities like Jhang suffered and stayed for 60 years without infrastructure. Sad
zahida Apr 27, 2012 05:08pm
we may create more provinces but creating separate provincial assemblies, cabinets will be joke with the mal-nourished and poor of this unfortunate country which is already at the brink. For example Irans more than dozen provinces have governers and chief exectives.
Asif Kaim Khani Apr 27, 2012 06:54pm
I think the Punjab based ruling elite should check themselves. they are against Sindhi, Baloch, Bengali, Pashtun and now even Seraiki people.
Sanjay Saksena Apr 28, 2012 06:00am
I think Zahida is absolutely right. Creating new provinces is a bad idea if the Indian experience is anything to go by. The eastern state of Assam was carved into several states in the north east in the expectation that it would bring peace to the region. Several decades later, India's north east continues to simmer with discontent. The immediate beneficiaries of creation of new provinces are local politicians and bureaucrats as they get instant elevation. People who could never become even deputy ministers in Punjab would be made ministers in the new province.
Asif Apr 30, 2012 12:13am
We need to realize that creating more provinces will give the people of the area to improve their situation. What has happened so far? have the provinces the right top claim that they have improved the living standards of the people asking for more provinces? Opponents of more provinces are just afraid of losing power, they dont care what happens to some far away place on the border of their province as long as they are happy.
Nisar Safdar May 10, 2012 02:02pm
Saraiki Movement is product of history.Please do not put it in account of petty bourgeois politicians, with narrow vision. Saraiki movement may not used for Election 2013 or for Glori of feudalism. Our organization demands total elimination of feudalism in saraiki province. Nisar Safdar Chairman Saraiki Graduate
GMhussain Jun 19, 2012 03:37pm
Creating more provinces means more bureaucracy, more nepotism and more corruption. Are the things running smoothly and transparently with the standard of governance in the already existing provinces? A poor state needs not more administrative structures to eradicate alienation among the masses, but institutional accountability.
Wajid Maqsood Jun 19, 2012 02:28pm
Historical verdict by the Supreme Court. It will help in the evolution of democratic process. It will strengthen the rule of law. It will establish that no one is above the law.
B.Ally Jun 19, 2012 01:13pm
It seems a newer version of constitutional law and its interpretations are being minted. Huge damage to the democracy has been caused trough the selective justice. Go ahead kill the country on your personal grudges and inflated egos.
mohammed ali jawaid Jun 19, 2012 12:52pm
the need to create new provinces was felt since many years but have been in cold storage. now that it is out in the open the issue must not be politicized to take mileage out of it rather be deliberated upon seriously. i think there is no harm in naming it Saraiki but only if there is consensus among the majority of area considered to be Saraiki population. we have a bad example of former east Pakistan separated on linguistic basis, so need to be careful. then there will be an assembly, the ministers and their paraphernalia costing an extra chunk which will have to be budgeted while remaining within revenue generation capacity of a province. you see the matter needs serious debate not making it a tool to just gain some extra votes.
Ammar Khalid Jun 19, 2012 02:49pm
The Supreme court's verdict is according to the law and constitution. It actually takes courage to issue such verdicts and not be afraid of the consequences or the mounting pressures from the powerful of the society. The word "Democracy" has been much abused by PPPP while all their practices are autocratic in nature...