President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday said that forming a separate South Punjab province is truly an uphill task.

Addressing a press conference alongside Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, President Alvi said, “FATA has finally been merged, and we need to constantly monitor the problems in the region. Spending of Rs 1,000 billion is on cards to uplift the region.”

The president continued, forming a new South Punjab province is not going to be easy. Problems regarding distribution of assets, water and other issues make it an uphill task.

“We will overcome these issues,” President Alvi vowed.

The president further said, “We came to the realisation in Gilgit-Baltistan and Naran that construction without any planning destroyed the beauty of the region. Haphazard buildings destroyed Murree. We will try to promote tourism without affecting the natural atmosphere.”

When asked to comment on Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent statement to use poultry to eradicate poverty, he said, “I did not advise the government about the chicken and eggs plan. I urge the PM and government to do their work instead of reacting criticism.”