PPP to support PTI for creation of south Punjab province: Gilani


KOT MITHAN: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday extended his party’s support to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for the creation of south Punjab province.

Talking to the media men after paying respects at Darbar Fareed, the former prime minister said, “PPP will support Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for transforming south Punjab region into a province.”

He said that PPP has always served masses, adding that it will support every move of creating south Punjab province, an old demand of the people living in the area.

Gilani urged the masses to follow footprints of Sufis for peace and harmony in the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan, on December 4, had directed the concerned authorities to set up south Punjab secretariat by mid-2019.

He also discussed administrative matters regarding the creation of a province of south Punjab during a high-level meeting.

Whereas, Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiyar, on the occasion gave a detailed briefing about the social and economic facts pertaining to south Punjab.

The district government, on November 24, had proposed two sites for the south Punjab secretariat.

According to recommendations sent to the provincial government, the district government had suggested a new complex at 584 kanals and 19 marlas on Mati Tal Road, sources said.

While the other suggested location for the secretariat is in the possession of Pakistan Cotton Committee and is owned by the provincial government on Old Shujaabad Road. The 291 kanals and 12 marlas piece is already being used for cotton research propose.