ISLAMABAD, President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated the people of South Punjab over the unanimous adoption of resolutions Wednesday by the provincial assembly of Punjab (PA) in favour of formation of a separate province in southern Punjab and reinstating Bahawalpur province.
Punjab Assembly, today, through two separate resolutions has urged for immediately constituting a national commission for creation of Southern Punjab and restoration of Bahawalpur province.
In his felicitation message, the President said that PPP and its allies took the first concrete step by adopting a resolution in the National Assembly that called for creation of a separate province of Janoobi Punjab.
The President expressed the hope that the resolution adopted today would prove to be another significant step forward towards meeting long-standing demands of the people of South Punjab.
He said that PPP will continue to support the province of Janoobi Punjab to meet the aspirations of the people.
The President also said that PPP was a political party that believed in egalitarianism and which calls for bringing qualitative improvement in the lives of people of under-developed areas. He said that it was for this reason that respecting their aspirations the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were given identity.
Giving background, the Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that it may be recalled that PPP had moved a resolution in the provincial assembly of Punjab for a separate province but it was not allowed to be tabled. However, after the adoption of resolution by the National Assembly and the persistence of the PPP provincial parliamentary Party to move the resolution, the Punjab government was also obliged to present a similar resolution.