ISLAMABAD Announcing its conditional support for creation of new provinces, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has demanded formation of a national commission for this purpose and stick to its position that any division of provinces must be on administrative grounds. This was pronounced Monday after a meeting chaired by party president Nawaz Sharif. The meeting was called to devise a strategy to deal with rising demands for creation of new provinces in the light of recommendations prepared by a 15-member party committee set up last week. The special committee, headed by Senator Raja Zafarul Haq, presented its report, which was deliberate upon by other senior members at the meeting. The meeting endorsed the special committees suggestion that there should be a broad-based formula for the creation of new provinces and it should be applied to the whole country and not just to areas where the demands for new provinces are being raised. It agreed that the formula should be based on population, area, resources, sources of income and other important factors to resolve the issue on a permanent basis. It demanded the government form a commission to evolve consensus on the subject and prepare a constitutional package after consultation with all the stakeholders. While agreeing in principle on the creation of new provinces wherever necessary, it categorically rejected any division on ethnic grounds. The meeting underlined that more provinces should be created in the larger public interest and not for political point-scoring. The participants of the meeting also dilated on the situation in Karachi and noted that the rulers used the blood of the innocent people to prolong their own rule, and didnt even shy from dividing the province for vested interests. Nawaz Sharif as party head expressed solidarity with the people of Sindh and assured all-out support to the people of the province in dealing with the law and order situation. Earlier, during the meeting the special committee said in its report that there was a feeling within the party ranks that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was only exploiting the new provinces issue to gain political mileage against the PML-N. It said the party believes the government cannot take any step for the division of Punjab without its support. The PML-N had constituted the special committee in the light of a policy statement given by Nawaz Sharif after his election as the party president last month. Giving up the partys traditional resistance against demands for new provinces, he had said that PML-N was not against new provinces but they should be carved out on administrative grounds, instead of making any divisions along ethnic lines. Nawaz said he was in favour of creating new provinces when and where they were necessary, but warned that if new provinces were made on linguistic, racial or group basis, it would damage the country. The PML-N committee comprised Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Zulfiqar Khosa, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal, Mamnoon Hussain, Yaqoob Khan Nasir, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Salahuddin Tirmizi, Tehmina Daultana, Arshad Khan Leghari and Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal.