- Ch Manzoor says PML-N turncoats have reached their real destination of ‘Shumali Mahaz’
LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) came hard on the merger of Janubi Punjab Suba Mahaz (JPSM) into the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday, with PPP Punjab Secretary General Chaudhry Manzoor saying that JPSM has reached their real destination of “Shumali Mahaz”.
“They were with Nawaz Sharif not long ago on Mashriqi Mahaz,” he said, adding, before that, those in JPSM were serving in Maghribi Mahaz.
A vast majority among them served the British during colonial rule, Manzoor said. The people in Janubi Mahaz remained in the rule for five years but they could not utter a single word for the formation of South Punjab province at least for once, he added.
They, along with former prime minister’s party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), also conspired against the creation of South Punjab province, the PPP official said. He added that the JPSM wants nothing except to rule.
He went on to say that it was the PPP which gave autonomy to the provinces and worked for the underprivileged people and even today, it is striving for the rights of smaller provinces.
Elaborating further, he said that the People’s Party started Aghaz-e-Haqooq Balochistan Package and gave recognition to KP province. “The PPP took practical steps for creation of South Punjab province which were sabotaged by the PML-N. The PPP would give rights to people of South Punjab and give it recognition.”
It is pertinent to mention here that the estranged PML-N lawmakers from South Punjab formed the JPSM for the creation of South Punjab province a month ago. They officially merged into the PTI on Wednesday and decided to contest the 2018 general elections under PTI’s banner.
Janubi Punjab Suba Mahaz and the PTI had reached an agreement a day earlier and made their merger official at a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, after meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
On the occasion, JPSM President Khusro Bakhtiar said that the merger was made possible after the PTI included the formation of a new South Punjab province to their election manifesto.
Imran Khan, after welcoming Bakhtiar and the rest of the JPSM leaders into his party fold, agreed to include the creation of South Punjab province in his party’s manifesto for 2018 general elections due in July. He further explained that agreeing to the formation of a new province was not a political decision but his conviction.