Bahawalpur National Awami Party leaders said that their party would forge alliance with and support the only political party which would declare its unconditional support for the restoration of former provincial status of Bahawalpur.

Addressing a joint press conference here on Saturday, BNAP Central President Mian Ilyas Ayaz and Secretary General Abdul Haq Shahbaz stated that two political parties’ leaders were in contact with BNAP Chairman Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi as they wanted to get BNAP support in the prevailing political crisis.

They said that BNAP Central Executive Committee had decided that the party could make alliance with political parties conditionally on the condition of supporting the movement of Bahawalpur province. The BNAP central leader stated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif had promised to restore Bahawalpur province in their election campaign and press conferences while the chief minister had tabled a resolution in Punjab Assembly for the restoration of Bahawalpur province and creation of South Punjab province. However, he added, after assuming the power and the passage of more than one year, the Sharif brothers did not fulfill their pre-election commitments.

He said that it was announced by the PML-N government to establish South Punjab Secretariat in Multan but even that step had not been initiated so far. He told the newsmen about their new organisational set-up and its membership campaign.

To a query about Prince Bahawal Abbas Khan Abbasi’s expected entrance in the politics as he has recently graduated from London, the BNAP leader said that the former was not joining BNAP at this moment as he had got admission in King College London for his post-graduation. He added that the prince would surely join the BNAP after two years. The BNAP leaders reposed their full confidence in the leadership of their chairman Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi.

IMPOUNDED VEHICLES RETURNED: On the orders of Secretary Regional Transport Authority, the police have handed over to their owners, all the impounded buses and vans parked in the premises of Saddr police station two days ago before the departure of PTI’s Azadi March and PAT Inqilab March for Islamabad from Lahore. The police had arrested President Motor Transport Association Ahmedpur East Bashir Kaku and detained him in new central jail.