ISLAMABAD – The quest of Pakistan People’s Party to go for establishment of Janoobi Punjab province turned out to be mere rhetoric as not even a single penny was allocated for the creation of new provinces in the country.

It is interesting to note that a day before the tabling of Finance Bill 2012-13, President Asif Ali Zardari has sent reference to the Speaker National Assembly to constitute a commission to work out the modalities for establishment of the Janoobi Punjab and Bahawalpur provinces.

But the seriousness of the government was fully exposed toward formation of new administrative units in the country, particularly the Punjab, as no money was allocated for the creation of these new provinces.

Meanwhile, keeping National Accountability Bureau an outcast for past four years in power, Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government allocated more than double the allocation for the department as compared to the allocation for the department in the last fiscal year. The allocation for National Accountability Bureau for the financial year 2012-13 is proposed at Rs 1,764,639,000 as compared to the previous year’s allocation of Rs 732,974,000.

It is interesting to note that soon after sworn-in as Prime Minister of the country Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in his maiden speech on the floor of the National Assembly announced dismemberment of National Accountability Bureau and announced introduction of new NAB law for which the political parties in the Parliament have failed to even pass a unanimous bill.

The things in NAB started improving after the appointment of Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari as Chairman NAB and it was all due to his efforts and closeness with President Asif Ali Zardari, he is quite instrumental to get his demands from the government met.