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Ahmedpur East

Bahawalpur National Awami Party Chairman Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi has expressed gratitude to Pakistan Muslim League (F) President Pir Sahib Pagara for supporting the demand for restoration of the former provincial status of Bahawalpur.

Talking to newsmen on the telephone from Islamabad, Nawab Abbasi said that 12.5 million inhabitants of Bahawalpur region had been deprived of their genuine rights since the merger of former Bahawalpur State in Pakistan, adding that they were demanding the restoration of Bahawalpur province for the redressal of their grievances. He categorically declared that Janoobi Punjab province was not acceptable and reaffirmed his pledge to shed the last drop of his blood for the restoration of Bahawalpur province. He alleged that both the PPP and PML-N had befooled the masses on the issue of new provinces and politicized this issue to win May 2013 general elections.

The BNAP chief stated that the PPP did not honour the promise made by its slain chairperson Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in London with him in 2007.

Similarly, the PML-N tabled a resolution in Punjab Assembly which was unanimously approved and then the PPP established the parliamentary commission, but all of sudden both parties back tracked from their stance. Nawaz League boycotted the commission’s proceedings in Zardari government while only one legislator of the ruling PPP was included in Federal Parliamentary Commission while five were nominated from others areas of South Punjab.

He declared that every attempt to include Bahawalpur in Janoobi Punjab province would be foiled and asked lawmakers of Bahawalpur region to press the demand for Bahawalpur province in both National and Punjab assemblies.

Nawab Abbasi further stated that it was the prime responsibility of PML-N lawmakers belonging to the Bahawalpur region to remind their leaders Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif about their promises regarding the restoration of formation provincial status of Bahawalpur which they made during election rallies and press conferences in Bahawalpur and Yazman.