The Southern Punjab Bahawalpur province proposed by the ruling coalition of PPP, PMLQ, MQM and ANP looks more like Southern Northern Western Mianwali Bahawalpur province.
Unfortunately, the parties like MQM and ANP, who never had any electoral representation from Punjab, are now proposing this division to please their allies. Even the recent surveys have shown that both PPP and PMLQ have totally lost their support from the people of Punjab due to their performance in the past 5 years.
Mianwali is one of the northern most districts in Punjab, yet the ruling coalition wants to name it as “Southern Punjab”. The two barrages, Jinnah and Chashma barrages along with Chashma Nuclear power plant are located in Mianwali, which is probably the reason the ruling coalition sees the northern district as part of southern Punjab.
The people of Mianwali have called for shutter-down protest on Monday against this decision by the ruling coalition led by Pakistan Peoples Party.