LAHORE - Formation of new provinces on geographical basis is viable, as it will help manage the affairs of people living in far-flung areas, remarks Chairman PML-Q (Like-Minded Group) Hamid Nasir Chattha. The veteran politician expressed these views while talking to The Nation, Nawa-I-Waqt and Waqt News forum at Aiwan-i-Waqt on Wednesday. About the unrest in Hazara division, he said there were only two solutions to the problem: firstly a consensus-based name of the NWFP and secondly status of a province be given to Hazara division. The situation in Hazara division would not have worsened if the rulers had deferred the issue of new name of NWFP at the time when protests had started in Hazara division, Chattha said. Proposing division of the state in 10 to 12 new provinces, he said there was no harm in forming the new provinces, as managing administrative affairs in the current geographical boundaries of the provinces was not possible at the moment. India and the United States have created several new provinces and states for managing the administrative affairs in a more effective manner, he said. A person belonging to Rahim Yar Khan had to look towards Lahore for the solution of his problems and if small provinces were in place, he could get his job done at his doorstep, he said. However, he also said the need for creating new provinces comprising of one division might not surface if the situation in Hazara division would be dealt wisely. Regarding Muslim Leaguers viewpoint about Khyber-Pukhtoonkhawa, he said there was a historical background of Pukhtoonkhawa. Muslim Leaguers had strongly opposed it in the referendum of 1947 and due to this reason no Muslim Leaguer could support Pukhtoonkhawa in any configuration of the new name of NWFP. Chattha said his party had suggested for holding a referendum on the issue. About loadshedding, he said the real issue was mismanagement and generation of power at its actual capacity, as in April, 2007, the people of Pakistan were not facing such situation. He said in 2007 the previous government was generating 16 to 17 thousand MW of electricity and today the current government was generating nearly 11,000 MW of electricity. Chattha said the government was not settling the payments of circular debt on time that had virtually paralysed our industry. Rental power, instead of solving our problems, would further aggravate the situation, as the cost of the rental power would not be afforded and our industry would not be able to compete in the international market, he remarked. About the compulsions of IMF, Chattha said, Either we have to accept the conditions of IMF or the masses and the government have to render sacrifices by saying no to IMF. He said non-existence of financial discipline was the real problem facing the country due to the poor policies of the government. Chattha said his party would bring financial discipline and rid the country of all its problems including loadshedding if they got a chance to govern the country. On the question of 58 (2) (b), he said the time had not come to consolidate all powers in one office and he personally was not in favour of elimination of the said article at this stage. About the exercise of Article 6, he said this article could not be implemented, as there were no clear rules about it. Regarding his meeting with Pervez Musharraf and his political future, he said he had advised Musharraf that the time was not right for him to come back to the country. However, the existing circumstances in the country reminded the masses Musharrafs regime, as a common man was saying his government was far better than the present government, he further said. About the Musharrafs role in Nawab Akbar Bugtis episode, he said according to his information the operation was launched against a farari camp in the mountains of Balochistan. The security forces did not know Nawab Bugti was present in the same cave where the security forces had launched an operation. The operation was not against Bugti and his presence in the same cave was a coincidence, he said. Regarding unification of the Muslim Leagues including PML-N, he said he was in favour of unification but he was against the trend where political parties revolved around one person, as it was against the basic principle of democracy. Chattah said his party would go against the clause of 18th amendment in Senate that exempts political parties to hold intra-party polls. On the question of steering the country out of existing crises, he said both PPP and PML-N lacked talent to pull the country out of the crises, as both the political forces were busy in leg-pulling. On the front of foreign policy, Chattha said there was not much difference between the foreign policy of the current government and the former one. About the US expectations from Pakistan on war against terror, he said the US wanted elimination of all those persons, which it believes were terrorists and she did not care about the loss of innocent people in this process. Hinting at the US intensions regarding Pakistan Armys role in Afghanistan, he said any such action would be highly damaging for our country. Talking about the issue of water, Chattha said it was better to fight a war with India on the issue of water than starving to death. However, if our rulers convinced the international community that Pakistan would not step back from fighting a war with India on the issue, the chances of resolving the matter would become brighter without waging a war.