Spearhead Creation of a South Punjab Province
Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:
We will develop a national consensus on the creation of a South Punjab province on administrative grounds with the objective to lift 35 million people out of poverty, as well as to create an administrative balance between Pakistan’s federating units.
South Punjab has been neglected for decades, especially in the last 5 years since majority of the development funds were allocated to Central Punjab. As a region, South Punjab constitutes 32% of the population of Punjab province and is lagging behind rest of the Punjab on a number of human development indicators (HDIs). The incidence of poverty in D.G. Khan, Bahawalpur and Multan divisions serve as testament as poverty is highest in these divisions of Punjab.
We are committed to creating South Punjab province on administrative basis that respects the wishes of both, the people of Punjab as well as each of the other federating units of Pakistan.
We will create political consensus by engaging political parties, people of Punjab province and the rest of Pakistan, including other stakeholders.
Upon reaching consensus, we will pass legislation from the provincial assembly, and then from the two houses of parliament in Islamabad to create the legal framework for the creation of South Punjab province.
We will launch an economic package for the new province to provide support in establishing the requisite infrastructure and institutions.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
Below will be / are the actions by Imran Khan and his Governance as a step towards fulfilling this promise: