AHMEDPUR EAST - Bahawalpur National Awami Party chief Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi has severely criticised the MNAs, hailing from Bahawalpur division, of keeping their silence on restoration of former Bahawalpur province during the National Assembly session.

Responding to the mediamen at his residence Sadiq Garh Palace, Dera Nawab Sahib before leaving for Rahim Yar Khan, he said masses would reject these legislators in general elections who won their seats with their support in February 2008 general elections and now reluctant to raise voice in the debate on new provinces.

Commenting on MQM resolutions moved for creation of new provinces including South Punjab and Hazara province, he claimed that more than 80 percent people would favour for Bahawalpur province in case of holding a referendum on this issue. He categorically stated the BNAP would not compromise on Bahawalpur issue as it was 41-year-old long standing issue for which several people sacrificed their lives and scores of political activists put behind the bars during General Yahya Khan’s regime. He asked the MNAs from Bahawalpur Division to fullfil aspirations of 12.5 million people of Bahawalpur and join hands with those forces who were struggling for restoration of former Bahawalpur province.

Abbasi told that he did not want that Bahawalpuri legislators should quit their respective political parties but they should come forward and stand against those elements who were demanding creation of a new province on linguistic basis.

Earlier Liaquatpur Subdivision former tehsil nazim Makhdoom Syed Masood Alam called on Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi at Mubarak Mahal and discussed with him the prevailing political situation in South Punjab.