I am really shocked to learn that District Mianwali has been included in the proposed South Punjab without the consent of the local people and their elected representatives. Same applies to other people of Thal, who would prefer to have Thal province if given the choice. Amazing, MPs from other districts of Punjab and other provinces are deciding fate of the Thal people! Is it a democracy or dictatorship? New provinces should be created either through a referendum or through election manifesto for the forthcoming elections which is a democratic norm.

ENGR. M. AKRAM NIAZI,

Rawalpindi, January 27.