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
Government
 • 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.

Criticism[edit]

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
(Birth)
Took office Left office Affiliation Affiliation Party
1 Ch. Gulfam Ramay
(01/01/1986)
6 February 2015 Continuing Muslim League PML - N

References[edit]

  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]