ISLAMABAD - Despite assurances coming from the highest corridors of power for setting up a commission on creation of new provinces, no progress has been made in this regard as the matter has been put on the back burner. The announcement made by the prime minister for including the agenda of creation of Seraiki province in the PPPs election campaign is being seen by the leaders struggling for creation of new provinces as 'hoodwink to put the issue in abeyance. Even the leaders from the ruling party like Qazi Sultan Mehmood, member of the PPP Central Executive Committee, felt disarrayed and dejected in this regard. We can only struggle to get new provinces but the final authority rests with the parliament. The provincial assemblies should pass resolutions in favour of new provinces and the parliament needs to pass the related bill. Its a long process and the PPP will include the creation of new provinces in its election campaign, he told TheNation. Qazi, who heads the movement for Potohar province, sounded answerless when asked why should they wait till next elections when then there was no definite possibility that PPP would win the coming polls. Some things are beyond ones reach, he replied hesitantly. On the other hand, the leaders of other provinces movements rejected it saying: This 'wait and see thing is just a hoodwink. I fail to understand why the PPP has to wait till elections for creating new provinces? Considering the misdeeds, malpractices and failures of this government, there is not even the slightest possibility the ruling party will come into power again. Why do they talk about the elections campaign then? asked Sajjad Qamar, senior central leader of Tehreek-e-Hazara. It only suits the opposition parties to talk about such an agenda in their elections campaigns and not the government. Those in power need not make such shameful reiterations. It does not behoove a person as privileged as the PM to say the PPP would include the agenda of creating new administrative units in its election campaign, commented Bhawalpur Movement Chief Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood during a telephonic conversation with TheNation from London. Despite making repeated reiterations, the PM has failed to stand by his words in letter and spirit as far as creating new federating units is concerned. During a meeting with Tehreek-e-Hazara Chief Sardar Haider Zaman and Sajjad Qamar in Lahore, the PM had said that progress would be made on the formation of Hazara, Seraiki, Potohar, Bhawalpur and FATA provinces. Last month, in a meeting with two MNAs from Tehreek-e-Hazara - Sardar Shah Jehan Yousuf and Prince Nawaz Ilai - Gilani had assured for setting up a commission to create new provinces. This development had taken place after three senior PPP leaders Qamar Zaman Kaira, Khursheed Shah and Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo had visited Abbottabad to attend their partys political gathering and met Tehreek-e-Hazara top leadership there. The Tehreeks leaders led by Sardar Haider Zaman had demanded to form a commission on Hazara province in particular and new provinces in general. The PPP leaders had assured to convey this demand to the ruling partys top brass. Subsequently, the PM had met the aforementioned MNAs of the Hazara Movement. Since then, the issue remained limited to mere rhetoric sans any practical steps.