ISLAMABAD - Expressing serious reservations over the Commission formed by National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza on creation of two provinces in Punjab, Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has demanded 50 per cent representation in the panel for his party as well as the Punjab government.

Presenting a six-point demand charter, which included creation of provinces in Hazara and FATA, during a press briefing at Punjab House on Friday, Nisar criticised the speaker’s move, saying she had once again taken a controversial decision.

The leader of the opposition said only last week, they received a verbal message seeking two names from the opposition for the parliamentary commission. They were in the process of bringing the issue in the party and to get details of terms of reference from the National Assembly Secretariat, but the speaker while sitting in the United States announced the formation of the commission.

Nisar pointed out if the panel was aimed at carving out two provinces from Punjab only, then it was an attempt to turn the majority party in the province into a minority. He also questioned the inclusion of Farooq Sattar, Haji Adeel and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, as the matter was related to Punjab only.

He questioned if the commission was to report on new provinces in the country, then why there was no mention of FATA and Hazara provinces in the notification.

He said the PML-N was in favour of Bahawalpur and Janoobi Punjab provinces, but, at the same time, the demand of Hazara and FATA provinces should also be given due consideration. He recalled that the people of Hazara have given their lives for a new province.

In reply to a question, Nisar said the PML-N was not in favour of division of Sindh and well aware of the conspiracy in this connection.