Currently debate for more provinces is going on. Some people think that division is necessary for smooth administration and for decentralization of authority, and to grant relief to the common man of Punjab. They argue that Punjab is bigger than most of European countries, its population is exceeding from 70 million, and it is virtually impossible for administration to meet the challenges of such a huge population. Some other based their argument on ethnicity and culture. They think that seraiki belt has its own distinct culture and a separate province for seraikies is their long-standing demand. Landlords of that area are loudly speaking for this demand because they want to seize the opportunity and grab the power of the new province. But both the arguments are not valid on following grounds. Firstly division is not the proper solution of the problems faced by the common man; rather decentralization is the proper one. Pakistan's Constitution guarantees greater provincial autonomy but unfortunately it is not practically granted to the provinces. Secondly, by division the federation will gain more strength. Thirdly if Punjab is divided into two or three provinces constitutionally each new province will get equal number of seats in senate of Pakistan resultantly as a whole Punjab will get a huge share and will secure overwhelming majority in this house and other provinces will feel deprived as a consequence. On ethnic ground the case is extremely weak. If the principle of ethnicity is accepted than one can not stop even minor ethnic groups to claim separate provinces for themselves, like Pothoharians, Hindku speaking belt of Hazara in NWFP Pushtoon belt of Balochistan and Urdu speaking in Sindh. Thus we need more provincial autonomy rather than more provinces.-MUHAMMAD WAQAS, Ex-MPA, Punjab Assembly, via e-mail, July 6.