PML-Q pledges to make South Punjab a province
‘Q’ pledges to make South Punjab a province
Published: May 06, 2010 (The Nation)
MULTAN – PML-Q Punjab President Ch Pervaiz Elahi has said that the drive launched by his party for the establishment of South Punjab province will bring prosperity, healthcare and education facilities as well as better environment to the people of this region.
He observed this while addressing the participants of a rally organised by PML-Q in connection with the campaign launched to press the demand for creating a new province of South Punjab on Wednesday.
The rally started from SP Chowk and ended at Chowk Nag Shah. Hundreds of Q-League workers from entire South Punjab joined the rally under the leadership of Pervaiz Elahi and chanted slogans in favour of new province.
Pervaiz maintained that the Q-League leadership, leaving aside personal gains, took this initiative for the bright future of coming generations of this region.
He decried both the ruling parties – PPP and PML-N – saying either parties came into power, turn after turn, but they did nothing for the public. “Except the hatred, they gave nothing to the residents of South Punjab,” he maintained.
Recalling his regime performance, he said that Q-League government had launched record number of projects worth Rs117 billion in South Punjab. “While on the other hand, current rulers allocated merely Rs5 billion out of which Rs3 billion are taken back,” he added. He said he used to visit Multan every second month when he was Chief Minister while the current rulers of Punjab visited London every second month.
According to him, some people ask a question as to how the movement would succeed. “I want to tell them that we’ve started this movement with utmost honesty and dedication,” he stressed, adding that the demand for a separate province by South Punjab people was highly genuine and justified, and they would soon achieve their goal as a result of Q league’s movement. He called upon the residents of entire Seraiki region to join hands with PML-Q for the creation of South Punjab province.
He said Q-League had presented South Punjab Province resolution in the Senate while the same would be submitted to Punjab Assembly’s budget session in June. He said the demand for establishment of South Punjab province was, in fact, the voice which emerged from the heart of each resident of this region. He said his party had formally launched movement for South Punjab province. “It’s a rather tough journey. We’ll have to take this movement forward wisely,” he added.
He feared that the government might adopt negative tactics to foil the movement but the Q league would firmly support the drive. He said Muslim League created Pakistan and it would save the country. “We continue the journey the Muslim League started in 1947. We’ve launched this drive to end deprivations of residents of South Punjab as well as to strengthen the federation,” he added.
Earlier, holding party flags and portraits of Ch Pervaiz Elahi the caravans of Q league workers kept pouring in from Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Vehari, Mailsi, Khanewal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur and other areas throughout the day. Besides Ch. Pervez Elahi, the rally was also addressed by other leaders of Q league including former federal minister Malik Sikandar Hayat Bosan, former district nazim Lodhran Abdul Rehman Kanjoo and senator Jamal Laghari.
Strict security arrangements were made by district police to avert any untoward incident as police placed barricades on all roads leading to the starting point of rally. Worst traffic jam was witnessed when caravans arrived from other cities and roads were closed. Consequently, citizens much inconvenience. The event culminated peacefully as no unhappy incident took place.