PML-N rejects parliamentary commission on new provinces
MURREE: Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) Monday totally rejected the parliamentary commission on new provinces and opined that no consultation was made with them.
Talking to media after the meeting of PML-N under chairmanship of Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N Parliamentary leader Ahsan Iqbal stated that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is sloganeering for crafting new provinces for grabbing votes of masses in the upcoming general elections.
He stated that PPP has made the subject of new provinces controversial.
“We don’t have any objection over the formation of new provinces but we opposed the PPP’s stance for rejecting fundamental role of Punjab”, he said, added that, “The resolutions for South Punjab and Bahawalpur provinces passed in the Punjab Assembly should be implemented, but federal government has formed commission without any consultation”.
“If PPP was interested in creation of South Punjab province, it could resolve this issue at the time of 18th amendment that was passed unanimously, but PPP-led coalition government was of the opinion that demand of new provinces should be postponed in perspective of national interests during the committee meetings of the 18th amendment”, Ahsan Iqbal stated. He stated that the PPP has not highlighted the issue of new provinces during the time of NFC award and if the PPP was interested in formation of new provinces then it could have allocated grants for the new provinces.