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
Government
 • Type Province
 • Body Provincial Assembly
Time zone PKT (UTC+5)
Assembly seats 39[1]

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.[2]

Criticism[edit]

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

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]

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