Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani may have denied he said what he did because he did not want to get involved in the controversy over a new province, but his initial statement contains more than an element of truth. He is reported to have said that new provinces would destroy the country. As the head of a provincial government, he obviously did not want the headache of the presently moribund movement for a Pushtun province to be carved out of Balochistan to get a fillip from the formation of a separate province in the Punjab. In this context, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharifs statement, that the PML-N did not oppose the formation of new provinces, but wanted them formed on administrative grounds, and throughout the country, not Punjab alone, contained within it a confirmation of Mr Raisanis prediction, for it seemed to indicate the realisation that all four provinces have a minority which could conceivably demand provincial status. It is also true that the provinces at Partition had much smaller populations, and thus administrative grounds might demand the formation of more provinces. However, this does not acknowledge that the original provinces were formed by the British as they conquered their way across India, and thus those conditions cannot be replicated again. It has also not been established that creating new provinces is not a first step towards fighting for, and perhaps obtaining, independence. Mr Raisani seems particularly conscious of this possibility, as his province seems badly afflicted by the separatist bug. On the other hand, Mian Shahbaz seems conscious that the only motive of the federal government appears not to bring about circumstances which respond to the aspirations of Seraiki-speaking people, but to create a province where the PPP had a built-in majority. It seems that the PPP, by backing this idea, has not acted out of any pro-Seraiki sentiment, but for purely partisan purposes. The PPP does not seem bothered by the possibility that it might be wrong, and seems to be neglecting the two occasions when it was more or less wiped out in Punjab, including in the Seraiki-speaking areas. It seems PML-N leader Javed Hashmi has the rights of the matter when he says that the PPP only started this issue because it hoped to get votes in the Seraiki-speaking areas. The people of this area especially should consider where the funding for all the pomp and show of a full provincial panoply will come from, if not from them. It should be clearly understood that this issue is only being raised by those politicians who have no other chance of enjoying the perks and pleasures of provincial office.