PAKISTAN - Demands For Province of Bahawalpur

Decades-old demand to restore the old Bahawalpur province got a new boost on Thursday when Senator Muhammad Ali Durrani, former information minister during Musharraf’s regime, demanded of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to issue an executive order, fulfilling the commitment made by former governor general Ghulam Muhammad to the people of this area at the time of abolition of its separate status in 1954.

Durrani warned if the poverty-stricken people of Bahawalpur area, who were fast joining religious groups because of rising poverty and joblessness, were not given their right in the shape of a separate province, then the time would soon come when the military would be called in those areas too to conduct operation on the pattern of Balochistan and Fata.

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