Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday once again underlined the need for formation of new provinces in Pakistan, saying the government has acquisitioned the two-third majority consensus for the establishment of new Seraiki province.

Addressing at National Assembly here in Islamabad, he said his government is in favor of new provinces, adding, “The history will not forgive us if we do not work towards the formation of new provinces.”

It is impossible, he asserted, to make new province by bringing the resolution for just striking the newspaper headlines; instead, the opposition may put this matter in abeyance.

Summing up the debate on the new provinces, the PM Gilani said, ‘No province can come into existence only by tabling a resolution for just making headline.’

Assuring his government support over the issue, the premier said he is not just in a statement gimmick; instead, the solid work that the government is doing. He furthermore claimed to have attained a two-third consensus over the issue in the Parliament.

Talking to media after the session, Parliamentary leader of the MQM in the National Assembly Dr Farooq Sattar said nation should witness the consequence a serious attempt by his party.

Disapproving of the MQM bid, PML-N leader and Leader of the Opposition in the NA Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said it is funny to speak about new province by those who do not tolerate even a new district in Karachi.

Earlier addressing the issue on the floor, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led government will bring a bill for Seraiki province in southern Punjab in the next session, which after proceedings, will be sent to the provincial assemblies that have the authority to decide on such issues in accordance with the law. If a consensus was reached over Hazarah province; then a bill will be tabled in this regards as well, he added.