MULTAN-The participants of a Seraiki Conference unanimously suggested that the government should resume the constitutional process for the creation of Seraiki province in the light of resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly, and declare Seraiki as one of the national languages besides making it part of curriculum.

The two-day conference “Deconstructing the Understanding of Seraiki Wasaib” was organised by Seraiki Area Study Centre in collaboration with Pattan Development Organisation at Bahauddin Zakariya University on Tuesday and Wednesday. The concluding session was chaired by Vice Chancellor Dr Kh Alqama.

The speakers pointed out that the Seraiki language and culture were distinctively different from the ones found in other regions of Pakistan. They added that the Seraiki people had been inhabiting in the Seraiki Wasaib for centuries and the area not only possessed a rich history but also contributed economically enormously.

They regretted that despite producing mainstream ruling class, the Seraiki region was deprived and the residents form one of the most deprived and marginalised population groups of the country. They said that the Seraiki people were proud of their history, humanistic Sufi culture and language and they believed in diversity and social harmony. 

They suggested that the state, academic institutions, political society and civil society must play their respective roles more vigorously to bridge educational, financial and gender inequalities. “Platforms must be created to initiate dialogue amongst ethnicities living in Seraiki region for creating democratic harmony in their thinking and actions. We fully support infrastructural development in Seraiki Wasaib. We urge the authorities to stop processes of land grabbing in the name of corporate farming and development in the Seraiki belt,” they further demanded. They asked the government to create enabling environment for the industrialisation of the region in order to bridge the gap between various regions of Pakistan and to address problems of poverty and unemployment.