New province commission discusses name, demarcation
26 January, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Commission on Creation of New Provinces in Punjab made some progress on Thursday, however it was still undecided on the name of new province.
Although PML-Q's Senator Kamil Ali Agha, a member of the commission, said that the name of new province would be "Bahawalpur Southern Punjab", commission's chairman, Farhatullah Babar, said that a final decision is yet to be taken in this regard.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Kamil Ali Agha said that the commission has reached consensus that the name of new province would be 'Bahawalpur Southern Province.' He disclosed that the commission also accepted the proposal floated by PML-Q that Mianwali and Bhakkar should also be made part of the new province.
On the other hand, Farhatullah Babar told the media that the senators and MNAs gave their inputs and recommendations regarding name of the new province, boundaries and its provincial capital, and said that discussion is still underway on these matters. Babar opined that seven to eight amendments are needed in the constitution on the issue of formation of new province.
Earlier, the meeting of the commission was held under the chair of Farhatullah Babar and fourteen senators and MNAs belonging to Bahwalpur, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan attended the meeting. Babar said that the matter was making headway and the draft constitutional amendment was about to be completed. After its completion, the bill of constitutional amendment and final report would be sent to National Assembly speaker after a decision on the name, demarcation and capital of the province.