IT would be hard to find fault with the Prime Minister's allusion to the Greek myth of Pandora's box when discussing the idea of a separate Seraiki province in an exclusive interview with The Nation on Tuesday. For one thing, if the country were to be divided into provinces on the basis of language or dialect, there would be no end to the demand and the fragmentation it would occasion. For another, separate administrative units would entail the establishment of all the paraphernalia of governance, a governor, a CM and his cabinet, and other essentials of administration, requiring the additional expenditure of a huge sum; when cash-strapped Pakistan should be thinking of trimming down expenses rather than putting an extra strain on available financial resources. Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani referred to the third, an extremely relevant and vital, point against the suggestion of a separate province of Seraiki: the crisis through which the country is passing that put it in entirely another light, rendering it ill-timed. Mr Gilani's views are highly significant, not only because he is Prime Minister, but also because he hails from the area for which the demand has been made. It is also good to hear from the Prime Minister that President Asif Zardari, like him, is strongly opposed to the demand that has been raised by some politicians in Parliament and the Punjab Assembly. At the same time, Mr Gilani categorically discounted the allegation that Mr Zardari was responsible for this idea, maintaining that the President, in fact, called the move an attempt at destabilising Pakistan and stressed that the PPP was a symbol of the federation. The country badly needs cleaner politics that stipulates the availability of proper evidence before anyone could be accused of doing such a serious mala fide act. One would very much wish that responsible political figures shunned the habit of off-the-cuff allegations. The creation of a separate province also presents formidable constitutional hurdles and involves a very complicated procedure of amendment. Under the circumstances, there is little possibility that it could be successfully gone through. What one would like is that the Punjab government, Mr Gilani himself and other active political figures from the Seraiki belt ensure that the genuine grievances of public representatives are redressed. They mostly centre round neglect in terms of allocation of funds for development purposes. The area is, by any reckoning, much less developed than the rest of the province and deserves a greater share from the kitty so that it could come up in the shortest time possible.