Senator Afrasiab Khattak questioned the sincerity of
the MQM’s call for new provinces and said if the party was sincere about the
welfare of the people of Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, then ‘it should stop
sending bodies of innocent people’ to the two provinces.

PESHAWAR: President of ANP in Pakhtunkhwa Senator Afrasiyab Khattak on
Wednesday termed the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s bill for the creation of Hazara
province a violation of the Constitution.

" The Article 239 of the Constitution says that it is for the provincial
assembly of the province where the demand is raised to pass a resolution with
two-thirds majority in favour of the demand. The procedure that they (MQM
leaders) adopted is against the spirit of the 18th Amendment," he was addressing
to a news conference here in Peshawar..

Minister Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain, ANP additional secretary general
Tajuddin Khan, provincial secretary general Arbab Mohammad Tahir Khan Khalil,
vice-president Hameedur Rahman Mohammadzai, Secretary Information Malik Mustafa
and other party leaders were also present on the occasion.

Senator Afrasiab termed the move initiated by the MQM as a political gimmick as
it had no serious intention for creating the Hazara province. He argued that
creation of Hazara province was not possible as two or three districts could not
make a province. "The people of Battagram, Kohistan and Torghar have already
demanded a separate division and don’t support the call for the Hazara province.
We are going to make Abaseen division soon," he said.

They said his party was supporting the demand for the Seraiki province. He made
it clear that the party had been holding the stance on the Seraiki province even
before the MQM was formed. He said the MQM wasn’t interested in new provinces in
the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but its target was to get a new province in
Sindh. "The MQM is in the habit of making issues out of non-issues. It’s always
confused as it wants to do one thing but does something else. But one thing that
we want to make clear is that we will not accept any procedure other than the
constitutional," he said.

Senator Khattak said if the MQM was concerned about the Hazarawals, Seraikis or
Pakhtuns, it should tolerate them in Karachi. "Unlike the name of the party,
their attitude is neither united nor national," he remarked.

To a question, he said the ANP-led provincial government had also decided to
introduce administrative reforms in other divisions of the province.