PM promised of restoration of Bahawalpur province: Cheema

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BAHAWALPUR, May 16 (APP):Federal Minister for Housing, Tariq Bashir Cheema has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit to Bahawalpur had promised of restoration of Bahawalpur province, adding that he hoped that PM would fulfill his promise in this regard.
He was addressing a news conference at his residence here. He said there were historical evidences that Bahawalpur had enjoyed status of a province after then princely state was merged into newly country of Pakistan. “Bahawalpur was given status of province after it was merged into Pakistan and it enjoyed this status for few years till One-Unit was made,” he said.
He said that he respected Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, adding that but he was shocked over statement of Mr. Qureshi that a province could not be demarcated or made only on three districts. “When Bahawalpur had already enjoyed status of a province, then there is no question of a province of three districts,” he said.
He said that a European country, Switzerland had land area less then Bahawalpur region, adding that then why Bahawalpur having a vast land area could not have status of a province. He said that there was a bill had already been moved in the parliament about demarcation of two provinces including Bahawalpur province and Southern Punjab province. “I will meet Shah Mahmood Qureshi to remove his reservations about Bahawalpur province,” he said.
He further said that there was no voice for Southern Punjab province before year 1985 and added that but there was demand and movement for restoration of Bahawalpur province. He said that his party Pakistan Muslim League-Q is partner of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf led government.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan himself had promised of restoration of Bahawalpur province. “During his election campaign, PM Imran Khan while addressing a public gathering in Bahawalpur had made promise with people of Bahawalpur that he would restore status of province of Bahawalpur if he came in power,” Cheema said.
He said that a national commission should be formed that would allocate seats of assemblies to new provinces. He offered the stakeholders to conduct referendum to ascertain the opinion of people of Bahawalpur about their province. “People of Bahawalpur will vote for only for restoration of their own province,” he said. He said that his party would welcome every political party which would support the demand for restoration of Bahawalpur province.
Meanwhile, he visited the residence of former federal minister, Eng. Baligh-ur-Rehman to condole with him the demise of his wife and son. It is mentioned here that the wife and son of Baligh-ur-Rehman lost their lives when their car faced road accident.