Bahawalpur South Punjab

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Bahawalpur South Punjab
جنوبی پنجاب بہاولپور
Proposed Province
Bahawalpur South Punjab
The green highlighted area shows the proposed region for the new southern Punjab province.
Country Pakistan
Capital Multan-Bahawalpur
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 the National assembly of Pakistan in January 2013.[3] to be created in the southernmost region of Pakistan's Punjab province, partially as a response to the demands of speakers of Multani and Derwi 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:[citation needed]

In remaining four districts Multan, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Lodhran nearly 75% population is Majhi dialect of Punjabi speaking who objected to creation of a separate province based on linguistic criteria.[citation needed]

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]

South Punjab[edit]

# Name
Took office Left office Affiliation Affiliation Party
1 Ch. Gulfam Ramay
6 February 2015 Continuing Muslim League PML - N


  1. ^ "'Bahawalpur South Punjab' recommended as name of new province". Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Punjab – World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 10 December 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "New province to be named Bahawalpur South Punjab". Daily Times. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. [permanent dead link]