BAHAWALPUR - The leaders of various political and religious parties including the PPP and PML-N among the common public attended the Bahawalpur Conference and called for a separate commission for the restoration of the province, and decided not to become a part of the Parliamentary Commission for the Creation of New Provinces. The conference, organised by the Movement for the Restoration of Bahawalpur Province, was attended by leaders from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, PPP, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, PML-Q, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and Jamiat Ahle Hadith, besides, lawyers, traders, women, farmers, students and former elected representatives. They announced revival of the Bahawalpur Muttahida Mahaz of 1970, rejected composition of present commission on new provinces and demanded separate commission for restoration of Bahawalpur province. Refusing to become a part of the South Punjab province and announcing struggle for the restoration of the Bahawalpur province and the revival of the Bahawalpur Muttahida Mahaz (Bahawalpur United Front) of 1970, the participants unanimously announced to launch the Movement for the Restoration of Bahawalpur Province.“In accordance with the resolution of the Punjab Assembly to annul the LFO (Legal Framework Order) through which Bahawalpur was deprived of the status of a province during the martial regime of General Yahya Khan, a separate commission for the restoration of the Bahawalpur should be constituted immediately because there is no other demand for the restoration of any other province in the country,” says the ‘Resolution for the Restoration of the Bahawalpur Province’ made at the Bahawalpur Conference.The resolution also pointed out Bahawalpur province was the only province of the country with a surplus budget before one unit. It stated that the government and opposition, which had agreed on the issue in the Punjab Assembly, have no right to shelve the demand for the restoration. And unanimity should be displayed on this matter as was shown regarding the 18th, 19th and 20th amendments. The present commission having eight members from the treasury and four from the opposition benches and five from Multan and two from Bahawalpur, is imbalanced, it was said. In the 42-year history of Bahawalpur as part of the Punjab province, it was the first time, the leaders from all spheres of life and political shades unanimously passed the resolution unanimously. It was presented by Malik Habibullah Bhutta, a founding member of the Pakistan People’s Party. He is struggling for the restoration of the Bahawalpur province.The participants of the conference made it clear that keeping in view the past experiences they are waking all the time in the final and most important phase of the movement for the restoration of the Bahawalpur province and would foil all conspiracies through their unity. They pledged after its restoration, the Bahawalpur would be an Islamic welfare province, which would be clean from hatred and ethnicities.It was said that the demands for the restoration and the creation of new provinces are different. On the occasion, PML-N leader Muhammad Ali Durrani said the participation in the conference from all over Bahawalpur had proven that people were united for the restoration. Durrani said that by forcibly merging Bahawalpur with the Punjab, General Yahya, had committed an act of cruelty. He said that any proposal of merging with any other province and making Bahawalpur city capital of any other province was unacceptable. Addressing the moot, JUI-F Punjab Chief Maulana Rasheed Ludhianvi asked the political parties not to do politics on the restoration of Bahawalpur and demanded a consensus on the issue.Punjab Chief Minister’s Task Force Chairman Samiullah Chaudhry declared the restoration of the Bahawalpur province a collective desire of the people of the region. He said that Muhammad Ali Durrani was fully representing the people of the area and the resolution moved by Malik Habibullah Bhutta had represented the sentiments of all the local people. Former MPA Sardar Khalid Mehmood reposed his confidence in the resolution for the restoration and said that they would continue their struggle for this purpose till the last drop of their blood. Punjab Bar Council Vice Chairman Mian Mumtaz Mustafa and Central Traders Association President Hafiz Muhammad Younis said that the lawyers and traders were ready to render any sacrifice for the restoration. Prominent female leader of the Movement for the Restoration of the Bahawalpur Province Abida Durrani said that women of the region are also part of the struggle. It was the first gathering of the people of Bahawalpur and was declared a milestone in the struggle for the achievement of the objective of the restoration.