KHANEWAL/ MAILSI - Federal Minister for Textile and Pakistan People's Party Southern Punjab President Makhdoom Shahabuddin has said that it is the inalienable right of the residents of South Punjab to actualise their long-cherished demand for the establishment of Seraiki province. He claimed that the PPP government was committed to creating Seraiki province and all necessary steps in this regard were being taken.

Makhdoom Shahabuddin expressed the views while addressing the media persons after a party workers convention here on Monday.

He said that a resolution would be tabled soon in the Parliament for the creation of Seraiki province which would also help expose those who were in favour and against the province.

"We will expose those who are just chanting to deceive the masses," he stressed, adding that he would convince the party leadership to delegate him similar powers of recruitments, transfers postings and resolution to workers as delegated to PPP Punjab President Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo as he was also president of the party South Punjab chapter.

Earlier, during convention angry PPP workers shouted against the leadership and complained that party workers who rendered scarified for the party were ignored by the leadership and opportunists were obliged and accommodated. The federal minister assured them that he would convey the grievances sincere party workers to the leadership.

Earlier, Makhdoom Shahabuddin was accorded a warm welcome at Lahore Morr Khanewal. PPP South Punjab Senior Vice President Aamir Dogar, Senior Vice Chairman Haider Zaman Qureshi, MNA Iftikhar Nazir, Haji Attaur Rehman, Khanewal District President Javid Hashmi, City President Irfan Sheikh, PP-214 President Hamyun Khan and Women Wing President Balqees Akhtar were present on the occasion. The federal minister also visited Khanewal Chamber of Commerce and presided over a meeting with cotton ginners and textile stakeholders representatives in Circuit House Khanewal. Chamber President Saghir Ahmad Bassi, Vice President Rana Waseen, General Secretary Shahzad and founding President Haji Attaur Rehman apprised him of the problems. The minister assured them that he would arrange a meeting of cotton ginners and textile sector stakeholders with the heads of TCP and FBR for solution of problems in fixation of cotton prices and taxation system. He said that he was well aware of problems of cotton growers and ginners and steps were being taken to resolve them.

To a question, Shahabuddin termed ephedrine case a conspiracy against him, saying he had never been involved in scam but was dragged by the politicians and media. He added that there were always two powers - one democracy and other anti-democratic and no third power, adding that the PPP always trust in democracy.

The federal minister said that KBD should be constructed with national consensus. Sahabuddin claimed that talks were in process with opposition parties for the setting up of caretaker set up.  In MAILSI, addressing the party workers and leader, the federal minister said that the PPP was facing trouble to make separate province in South Punjab. Had there been no groupings in the PPP, i would have been the Prime Minister today, claimed. Makhdoom Shahabuddin paid to tribute PPP late MPA Sardar Muhammad Khan Khitchi, saying that the deceased services were unforgettable.

He also went to his residence Mauza Dhodha and offered condolence to his family. He prayed May Allah Almighty grant the departed soul eternal peace and rest.

Speaking on the occasion, the federal minister said that after every six month, the PPP challenge which diverted its attention from progress and development. MNA Mehmood Hayat Khan alias Tochi Khan, Media Coordinator to PM Khawaja Rizwan Alam, PPP General Security Amir Dogar, MNA Ch Asghar Jutt, Mian Noorul Haq Jhandeer, Mian Allah Ditta Khalid, PYO President

Azizur Rehman Sona and hundreds of workers were present on the occasion.