MULTAN - Throwing ball into PML-N’s court, Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa said on Tuesday that the PPP government could create Seraiki Province by amending the Constitution provided Nawaz-League extended support.

“If the PML-N does not support us then we’ll create this province after acquiring two-thirds majority,” he added while talking to media at Multan Airport. He said that the PPP was determined to create Seraiki province as 40 million residents of South Punjab were subjected to exploitation for the past 64 years and the government wanted to compensate their deprivations. He advised masses to use their vote wisely for getting rid of slavery of throne of Punjab.

He said that President Asif Ali Zardari was elected through a democratic process and therefore detaching him from political process did not interpret democratic system. “However, the President and Governor cannot run election campaign if the polls are declared,” he added. He said that if someone was suffering from Zardari phobia, he could not do anything for him.

Referring to the nomination of caretaker Prime Minister, he said that after adoption of 20th amendment, the leader of the house and opposition leader had to make the nomination with consensus. “If they fail to do so then a parliamentary committee consisting of eight members - four from treasury and as many from opposition benches-will decide the name,” he added. He continued that if the committee also failed to nominate the caretaker prime minister then the ECP would nominate him.

To a query on reservations express by different quarters regarding rigging of elections, he said that the PML-N suggested the name of Fakhar Uddin Ji Ibrahim as Chief Election Commissioner and the government appointed him. “Today the ECP is independent and no one inside or outside the parliament has any objection over it,” he claimed.

He said that law and order was a provincial subject and the Punjab government was responsible for maintaining it. He added that majority of by elections were won by the PPP.