THERE is little need to bring out the point that the politicians, who pandered to the wishes of the ANP and endorsed the new name of the NWFP in the Constitutional Reforms Committee and later in the National Assembly, showed poor sense of history as well as of the consequences that their move might entail. The events of the past several days in Abbottabad and other parts of Hazara Division have already put that fact into sharp focus. According to TheNation correspondent on the spot, as many as 19 persons died and a large number suffered injuries in Abbottabad in two days. As the crowds protesting against the word, 'Pakhtunkhwa, and demanding a separate 'Hazara province swelled, the police force, reinforced with contingents from other parts of the NWFP, used brutal means to suppress them, resulting in avoidable carnage. In this context, the attitude of Mian Nawaz Sharif by giving in to ANPs pressure was the most unfortunate. This was supposed to be the quid pro quo of ANP agreeing to drop the clause restricting prime ministership and chief ministership to two terms. As the PML-N that he heads is the flag bearer of the Pakistan Muslim League of the Quaid-i-Azam, his decision should have reflected the sentiments of the mother party at the time of independence. Those sentiments were in line with the feelings of a majority of the people of the province. Strangely, however, Mian Nawaz has been shifting his position, reacting to the developing situation in the disturbed area, while one expected a seasoned politician to be able to foresee the coming events, especially as the opposition to the Pakhtunkhwa appendage among the non-Pushtu speaking people of the province has always been very strong. The strength of these feelings can be judged from the fact that PML-N leader Mehtab Abbasi and his son Shamoon Abbasi were beaten up by the demonstrators the other day. Mian Nawaz first agreed to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; later, changed his mind to suggest Hazara-Pakhtunkhwa to placate the protestors, who had lost their kith and kin, and fearing that his party might lose support of his vote bank. Now, for unknown reasons, he is ready to drop the new name as well. In the meantime the situation, with complete shutter down of businesses, continues to deteriorate and threatens to open a Pandoras Box of the clamour for new provinces. At a time like this, when the country is overwhelmed with multiple crises, there is need of statesmanship to rethink over the proposition of changing the name. The best course is to stick to the old name and, at best, hold a province-wide referendum.