Long Live Seraikistan
By: Hakim Hazik
I should make it perfectly clear that I have been quoted out of context. When I supported a division into smaller parts to redress the raging sense of injustice among the masses, I did not mean my leader and mentor, Pervez Musharraf.
I am against the hanging and quartering of the former president. I support the division of Punjab into smaller, more manageable parts, where former political stooges can be provided a safe haven, to lick the wounds inflicted on them by the ungrateful voters. Where they can be provided succour and be nursed to health by the loving hand of the sensitive agencies, so that when the nation is in need of another interim 90 day government, they can call upon these responsible and selfless citizens. Sensitive agencies for sensitive souls.
I am a peaceful political activist and believe in non violent means of political expression. This was amply demonstrated during my tenure as the information minister, when I carefully nurtured the ministry as it produced the NEPRA regulations. I demonstrated my commitment to freedom of expression by pulling the plug on the TV channels when they were falling prey to sensationalism. I bore with fortitude the scurrilous attacks of the media; when they responded to the cracking open of the journalists’ skulls.
Even before that, smaller provinces have looked up to my leadership, as a shining beacon of hope. It was my government which ensured that the Baluch get their rights after we slaughtered Nawab Bugti. As an act of human kindness and in the best traditions of a responsible government, we retrieved his reading glasses and gave him a dignified burial. This has gone a long way in putting balm on the wounds of the Baluch. This has turned the Baluch Nationalists into great devotees of federalism. They are beseeching the Chinese to take over Sandak and Singaporeans to come and occupy Gawadar. They are also vacating Dera Bugti, in the larger national interest, so that the Pakistan Army can establish a cantonment there. The Baluchis, meanwhile will retire to the relaxing pastime of tending their camels.
Jamaat e Islami is out of touch. Imran Khan does not understand. In politics, one has to move forward; otherwise one is destined to remain permanently in the opposition. In the opposition it is hard to serve the nation. You don’t get a motorbike escort. Your do not get an armour plated Mercedes, with bomb jammers. These are the basic needs of an emerging democracy and fundamentals of modern civilisation.
Look at my self sacrifice. I am going to the same media that attacked me, to plead the case of the poor of the South Punjab. These poor of course did not exist during the 8 years of our government. They have emerged because of the disastrous policies of this government. They have found a voice in me. A voice that is powerful. A voice that is fearless. A voice that will not be silenced, till they get a province or till I get a ministry, whichever comes first.
South Punjab Zindabad
Constitutional way be adopted for Seraiki province: Kundi
ISLAMABAD: Deputy Speaker of National Assembly, Faisal Karim Kundi has said that the constitutional approach should be adopted for the creation of Seraiki province.
Talking to mediamen at the Seraiki Jhok Mela, the Deputy Speaker said that the incumbent government was taking serious efforts for the deprivation South Punjab. He said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has always worked for the betterment of the Seraiki masses.
Faisal Karim Kundi said that the Seraiki Civilization was the oldest of the region and this area was center of peace. In order to promote the Seraiki language, Seraiki department has been established in Baha-ul Din University, Multan, Islamia University Bahawalpur and Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan, he added.
He said that the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has started several mega projects including Motorway towards Multan and Nishtar-Ghat Bridge over Sindh river.
Soon Seraiki language bulletin would be started from Radio Pakistan, he added.
Durrani rejects call for Saraiki province
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
By our correspondent
BAHAWALPUR: Leader of the Tehrik Bahali Soba Bahawalpur and Muttahida Mahaz Senator Muhammad Ali Durrani has rejected the demand for the South Punjab province or Saraiki province.
Addressing a news conference here on Monday, along with notable socio-political and trade leaders, he said: “The people of Bahawalpur want the restoration of the Bahawalpur province, which was merged in the Punjab by General Yahya Khan when he disintegrated the one-unit.”
He said the leaders and people of Bahawalpur were not against the creation of a Saraiki province or the South Punjab province, but it must be created on the basis of the Multan Division and the DG Khan Division, and the Bahawalpur Division people and its land should not be included in the South Punjab province or the Saraiki province.
Fazl opposes new provinces
MULTAN—JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has urged that the country and its economy cannot afford any new province including Saraiki province.
Addressing a press conference in Multan here on Sunday, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the issue of new provinces required seriousness instead of taking any decision on emotional basis.
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