ISLAMABAD – Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi on Thursday said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was creating hurdles in the creation of new provinces in Punjab and using delaying tactics.

Talking to reporters in the Parliament House here, Kundi said that Chaudhry Nisar’s allegations against the formation of commission were baseless. He said that the Commission was constituted in pursuance of the President’s message and authorization by the National Assembly on July 11.

He said that PML-N’s Ishaq Dar, who is Leader of Opposition in Senate, nominated two Senators - Malik Rafique Rajwana of PML-N and Abdul Ghafoor Haidri of JUI-F - while Chaudhry Nisar had nominated none despite repeated requests. The Speaker had to nominate MNAS, Tahmina Daultana and Chaudhry Saud Majeed, to represent the opposition on the commission.

Chaudhry himslf did not take interest and now he was speaking in media regarding the nominations. He should rather talk in the Parliament about the issue, he added.

He said that all parties would be taken on board for the constitutional amendment regarding the new provinces and it was not a dispute between the two parties. He said that the first meeting of the commission would be held on August 28 to elect the chairman.

He said that the Speaker Punjab Assembly had not nominated the two members for the commission despite repeated reminders. The Deputy Speaker said that the commission would look into the issues relating to the fair distribution of economic and financial resources, geographical demarcation, allocation / re-adjustment of seats in the National Assembly, Senate and the provincial assemblies concerned, including seats of minorities and women, and other constitutional, legal and administrative matters.

He said that the constitution provisions, which would require amendment, inter alia, included articles 1(2), 51, 59 and 106 and the commission would submit its report to the Speaker as well as the Prime Minister. Kundi also stressed that Dera Ismail Khan and Tank should also be part of the new Seraiki province as people of the area traditionally were associated with Multan.

He also condemned the brutal target killing of innocent people in Babu Ser near Gilgit and demanded a high level commission for the investigation. He said that the foreign involvement could not be ruled out in the incident.