Bahawalpur South Punjab
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|Bahawalpur South Punjab
جنوبی پنجاب ہاولپور
The green highlighted area shows the proposed region for the new southern Punjab province.
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Bahawalpur South Punjab (BSP; Urdu: جنوبی پنجاب بہاولپور) is the name of a new province proposed to be created in 2014 the southernmost region of Pakistan's Punjab province, partially as a response to the demands of Saraiki-speaking majority. The name of the province was recommended by Pakistan's parliament in early 2013.
Nine out of 13 districts to be included in the proposed province have rejected the proposal, citing the following reasons:
- There is lack of a clear Saraiki-speaking majority among the Punjabi population of five districts (Bahawalnagar, Vehari, Khanewal, Mianwali and Bhakkar).
- Baluchi language is spoken by the majority of the population in the districts of Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur.
- The popular demands of the residents of Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan is a separate province in the steps of the former princely state Bahawalpur.
- The districts of Layyah, Lodhran, Multan and Muzaffargarh 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".
- "‘Bahawalpur South Punjab’ recommended as name of new province".
- "New province to be named Bahawalpur South Punjab". Daily Times. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.