Experts, stakeholders brief commission on new provinces

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ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Commission on Creation of New Provinces in Punjab met under the chairmanship of PPP Senator Farhatullah Khan Babar in Islamabad on Monday, Daily Sitara Sindh reported.

The 14-member commission was briefed by three experts and stakeholders from Bahawalpur and Multan — Taj Muhammad Langah, who is chairman of the Pakistan Seraiki Party (PSP), Khair Muhammad Budh and Rifat Rehmani.

Senator Babar said the experts and stakeholders recommended to the commission that a province should be carved out of southern Punjab as soon as possible.

Langah is a strong supporter of the creation of Seraiki province comprising all the Seraiki-speaking areas of the country and has been leading the campaign for such a federating unit for more than 40 years.

Langah also handed certain “important documentation” to the commission, Babar said.

The senator added that the commission had also received eight complete documents and recommendations via email. The commission had sought “written proposals” from all stakeholders and even the general public on the issue of the creation of new provinces in Punjab.

The commission would reconvene in the first week of January, Babar said.

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