An amendment bill to the Pakistani Constitution for the establishment of the South Punjab Province was presented to the Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Friday by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
Qasim Khan Suri, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, was also present.
In response to the Foreign Minister’s request, the Speaker directed that the South Punjab province bill be placed on the House’s Monday agenda.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted in his statements that the establishment of a South Punjab province is part of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI’s ) manifesto, which was delivered during the recent elections.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, speaking to the media outside the Parliament House, encouraged opposition parties, notably the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, to endorse the constitutional reform bill.
This has been a long-standing demand of the people of southern Punjab, he said, adding that the passage of the bill will strengthen the federation even further.
According to Shah Mahmood Qureshi, he has delivered the constitutional change bill to the speaker of the House of Commons on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He stated that today we were able to fulfill another promise given to the people of Punjab’s south.