Bahawalpur South Punjab

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Bahawalpur South Punjab
جنوبی پنجاب ہاولپور
Proposed Province
Bahawalpur South Punjab
The green highlighted area shows the proposed region for the new southern Punjab province.
Country Pakistan
Capital Multan
Largest city Multan
 • Type Province
 • Body Provincial Assembly
Time zone PKT (UTC+5)
Assembly seats 39[1]

Bahawalpur South Punjab (BSP; Urdu: جنوبی پنجاب بہاولپور‎) was the name of a new province proposed by Pakistan Peoples Party Government in National assembly of Pakistan in January 2013.[2] to be created in the southernmost region of Pakistan's Punjab province, partially as a response to the demands of speakers of Saraiki dialect of Western Punjabi language. However due to following criticism the proposal could not materialize.


Nine out of 13 districts to be included in the proposed province have rejected the proposal, citing the following reasons:

In remaining four districts Multan,Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Lodhran nearly 35% population is either Punjabi or Haryanvi speakers who objected to creation of a separate province based on linguistic criteria.

Additionally, the political parties campaigning for the creation of Saraikistan also rejected the new province as incompatible with their agendas, while Pakistan People's Party denounced the proposal as a "political stunt".[citation needed]