Rajanpur District is a district of Punjab province in Pakistan. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan it had a population of 1,103,618 of which 14.27% were urban. The district lies entirely West of the Indus River (Sind River); it is a narrow, 20 to 40 miles wide strip of land sandwiched between the Indus River on the East and the Sulaiman Mountains on the West. The town is approximately nine miles from the West bank of the river. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan it had a population of 42,986. Rajanpur was named by a warlord Makhdoom Shaikh Rajan in 1772-73. It remained a small and little known village located on the road from Dera Ghazi Khan (Punjab) to Sukkur (Sindh) until 1862. In that year, Mithankot, a relatively larger and more prosperous town located southeast of Rajanpur, was completely destroyed by floods. Resultantly, the administrative offices of the British government were moved from Mithankot to Rajanpur, because of its being located at a safer distance from the river. Many prosperous Hindu Arora merchants and traders also shifted from Mithankot to Rajanpur. It became a municipality and the tahsil headquarters in 1873. Search Rajanpur on Satellite Map Places of Interest | Hotels | Eating & Dining | Parks & Gardens | Educational Institutes | Hospitals | Sport Centers | Banks | Fuel Stations | CNG Stations | Police Stations | Shopping /Trade History Rajanpur derives its name from the Town Rajanpur which was founded by Makhdoom Sheikh Rajan Shah in 1731 - 33 A.D. Rajanpur District was carved out from Dera Ghazi Khan District in 1982. Rajanpur is situated on the right bank of River Indus which is bounded on the North by Dera Ghazi Khan, in the East by Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Khan Districts, in the South lies District Jacobabad of Sindh Province while on the West are the Districts of Dera Bugti and Barkhan of Balochistan Province. The de-excluded area of Rajanpur is connected with Sulaiman Mountains in the Western side. It remained a small and little known village, located on the road from Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab to Sukkur in Sindh until 1862. In that year, Mithankot, a larger and more prosperous town, located on the Indus River several miles South-East of Rajanpur, was completely destroyed by river floods. The administrative offices of the Assistant District Commissioner of the British government were moved from Mithankot to Rajanpur, because of its location at a safe distance from the river. Many prosperous Hindu Arora merchants and traders also moved from Mithankot to Rajanpur. It became a municipality and the tehsil headquarters in 1873. The District Rajanpur is famous due to the shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Ghulam Farid in Mithankot. He was a renound Sufi Bazurg of the Sub-continent. He has expressed his ideas in Punjabi & Sariaki poetry. His famous book is Dewan-e-Khawaja Farid. He has many disciples in the whole muslim world. The five rivers of the Punjab are meeting on the point called WanG(Town) near Mithankot due to that particular importance, Rjanpur is also known to the people of the Pakistan. Rajanpur is also playing the role as the connector of the three provinces of the Punjab. It is the last district of the Punjab; in the West it is bordering with Dera Bugti of Baluchistan Province; in the South-West, it is bordering with the Kashmoor of Sindh province. So its geographical importance becomes highly sensitive for the Punjab. There is an important thing to note that in the hilly areas of Rajanpur, there is a town called MARRI situated on the high altitude of the mountain areas where temperature remains low in the high summer days.(Safdar MAlik) There are many small villages near by in this district but most famous is FAZIL pur Because of his literacy rate. The litracy rate in this village is 90% because of a large number of school, colleges & acadmies in this village, the students from the nearby area also prefer to study in this village because of high quality standard schools. There were many students who are now Doctors, Engineers, Charted accountant , Professors etc. The most well know names of this area are Dr.Asghar Nawaz, Dr.Irfan Kalia, Dr.Subhani, Dr. Jamil, Dr.Shakeel, Engineer Rashid, Engineer M.Akbar Nawaz, Professor Ejaz Korai,Ibrar Khan Yousafzai, Abdurahman, Dr. Abdul Sttar, Teacher Mr.Mirran and many more from this area. Find more about History of Pakistan Go To Top Demographics Rajanpur is the headquarters of Rajanpur District and Tehsil, is located in the extreme southwest part of Punjab, Pakistan (29:06N, 70:19E) with a geographical span of 12,319 km2. It is one of the only two districts of Punjab located west of the Indus River. The land is sandwiched by river Indus on one side, while the Sulaiman mountains range on the other. According to the National Census Report 1998, it had a population of 1,103,618 of which 14.27% were urban. Under the local administrative break up, whole district is divided into three Tehsils and 43 Union Councils (UCs). Rajanpur was named by a warlord Makhdoom Shaikh Rajan in 1772-73. It remained a small and little known village located on the road from Dera Ghazi Khan to Sukkur until 1862. In that year, Mithankot, a relatively larger and more prosperous town located southeast of Rajanpur, was completely destroyed by floods. Resultantly, the administrative offices of the British government were moved from Mithankot to Rajanpur, because of its being located at a safer distance from the river. Recently Qatar Charity has started its integerated Development programme in the District, it includes livlihoods, WASH and Disaster Risk Reduction, their office is located in Bodla Colony. Go To Top Languages Saraiki and Balochi are the main languages spoken in the district. However, Urdu is also becoming a third language commonly spoken in the literate community. Go To Top Tribes Fuduel System also exists in the Rajanpur. Gopang,Gurchani, Dreshik and Mazari are the main tribes of the Rajanpur. Go To Top Non-Government Organizations The situation of the development in the district is very low due to the lack of the resources and education but the Government as well as the NGOs are working to imrove the standards of livings of the local population. There are working many organizations but the INDUS DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION is serious to meet the new challenges and is targeting on Education and on the capacity buiding of the Youth, so that they might be able to keep pace with the time. Some of the Programme are given below Literacy Programme Information Technology Programme Capacity Building and Training Women Action Group (WAG) Indus Youth Group Go To Top Living Style The people of the Rajanpur are very simple, they wear Shalwar Qameez in their daily life. They are lazy and avoid to work.(SAFDAR MALIK, MITHANKOT) Go To Top Education Govt. College, Rajanpur. Govt. College for Women, Rajanpur Govt. College, Rojhan Distt. Rajanpur Govt. College, Jampur. Govt. College for Women, Jampur Govt. commerce collage. Rajan pur Govt.Primary schoolBasti Bohar Fazilpur Govt. High School Noushera West (Dajal), Tehsil Jampur Go To Top Places of Interest Kot Mithan In Rajanpur, Kot Mithan the shrine of the great Sufi Saraiki poet Khawaja Ghulam Farid is the historical place in district of Rajanpur Fazilpur In Rajanpur, Fazilpur the shrine of the great Peer/Sufi Hazrat Chan Charagh Shah Sain Al Maroof Ghorrey Shah Sain is the historical place in the district of Rajanpur. Harand Fort It is situateted in the tribal area of Rajanpur. Marri Marri is the resort in Rajanpur similar to Muree. Rojhan The whole rojhan town is worth to see. Specially the buildings made by Mazari nawabs and sardar's in last couple of centuries. Including Meeri bangla, the Ozman Klath and beautiful Tombs and cemetery of mazari Sardar's. Rojhan Mazari is situated in District Rajanpur of Punjab near the inter-provincial borders of Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab. This city is the Capital Seat of the Mazari Baloch tribe who have held this territory since 1632 A.D. Prior to this the Mazari Tribe were settled in the Bambhore Hills of present day Kahan in Balochistan. The City of Rojhan Mazari is spread over an area of four square kilometers and is connected by road and railway to Kashmore in the South West and Rajanpur in the North West. The original city of Rojhan, situated a few kilometers from the present city, was burnt by the Sikh invaders under the command of Raja Kharak Singh in retaliation of a predatory plundering raid by Mazari chief Behram Khanin 1836 on Mithankot ruled by Sikhs at the time. The present City was constructed during the reign of the famous Mazari Chief, Nawab Sir Imam Buksh Khan Mazari,K.B.E, K.C.I.E. during the early and middle part of the 1800s. The word 'Rojhan' traces its roots back to the ancient Babalonyian and Caspatic languages of the Indo-European language family, meaning the 'City of Tents'. The City is a site to many ancient yet beautiful tombs of the Mazari Nawabs and Sardars dating as back as the 17th Century. Some about Rojhan Mazari It is situated near indus river and borderd with Dera Bugti(Balochistan) and Kashmore(Sindh).It is the Homeland of Mazari Family.It is Tehsil of District Rajan Pur(Punjab).It has a very fertile area.Ozman is the Tribal area of Rojhan Mazari.It has thousand acres of land baren due to not availibilty of canal.It is a very peacefull place.Mostly people keen of hunting and fishing.The cattles of Rojhan are also famous in the country.The most common crops of Rojhan are wheat,cotton and onion. Go To Top Poets Khwaja Ghulam Farid Khwaja Ghulam Farid is considered one of the greatest Saraiki poets, Chishti-Nizami mystic and Sajjada Nashin (Patron saint) of the Punjab region of the South Asia. Khwaja Ghulam Farid also wrote some poems in Sindhi, Persian, and Braj Bhasha. He was an imperialist poet. He opposed British rule in Bahawalpur. He said to ruler of Bahawalpur in his poem, "You rule yourself on your state and finish police station of British from your state." Go To Top Agriculture Rajanpur district is famous for cotton and sugarcane crop, although they are cultivating wheat and rice as well. The current flood badly affected the about-to-ripe cotton crop. The cotton picking season starts in the middle of September. Last year flood also affected their crops and this time they took seeds, fertilizers and sprays on loan from the market. In the market, one bag of DP fertilizer is available at the rate of Rs 3,000 but the price reaches to Rs 5,000, if taken on credit. Majority of the agriculturists saved seeds from the previous crop and the same was done by the affected community. They saved wheat seed from the last crop but current flood destroyed all the seeds. The market prize of the wheat seed is 800 to 1000 per 100 gram (per mun) after the flood. On loan they have to pay 75% more than the market prize, an average 2 and half to three mun wheat seed has been used in one acre of the land.Aamir yasin Go To Top Irrigation System Canal Irrigation The agriculture of Rajanpur depend upon canal irrigation in some areas of Rajanpur peoples drinking canal water in these areas Pachad include Rod Kohi Major Rod Kohi areas traversed by hill torrents constitute nearly 65 percent of the total area of Pakistan and encompass entire Balochistan i.e. (Makran coastal Basin and Kharan closed Desert Basin). The other major hill torrent areas include D.G.Khan and D.I.Khan, FATA and AJK. In Sindh province, the systems are spread in Dadu district (Kirthar range). There are around 17.13 million acres as the potential area under hill torrent / Rod-Kohi / Sailaba fanning excluding riverine areas. Indigenous Spate Irrigation/ hill torrent-irrigation systems traditionally called Rod-Kohi. Rod means water channel and Kohi pertains to mountains. In these areas major constraint is the use of flood flow which is highly variable in quantity and distribution, both in time and space. Annual rainfall is low, uncertain and patchy. Flow is laden with high silt in each flood. It is unfortunate that in spite of scarcity of water, major part of flood flows is lost due to mismanagement. Spate irrigation often takes place in environments that are arid and remote. Poverty in these areas is a major issue. There are very few options for generating income and improvement of livelihood. Abject poverty in the areas affected by the Rod-Kohi water calls for a rational and scientific management of flood flows. Rod-Kohi or hill torrent cultivation is a unique system of agriculture being practiced in all the four provinces. In NWFP, D.I.Khan tract represents the major part of the system fed by five large tributaries locally named as "Zams". In the Punjab, major part of the system falls in the districts of D.G.Khan, Rajanpur and Jampur. In Balochistan, this system falls in the districts of Barkhan, Musakhail, Loralai, Zhob, Bolan and Lasbella. In Sindh province; the system is spread in Dadu & Larkana district (Kirthar range). The largest area under the system of agriculture lies in Balochistan. Spate Irrigation is traditionally used system for diverting hill torrents into cultivable command areas for growing seasonal crops. The farming system is characterized by extreme events of floods and droughts. It usually entails the construction of an earthen diversion weir across the torrent with large channel on one or both sides of the river to convey flood water across large distances. These earthen diversion structures and water conveyance system has traditionally been constructed by the beneficiaries / communities themselves, making use of traditional technology. Farmers construct field by making embankments from 3 to 6 feet high to store the water depending upon the soil type, share in water and various other factors. Upon drying crops are sown which thrive on the moisture stored in the soil. There is no further irrigation except rains, if any occurs. The economic significance of Rod-Kohi Irrigation agriculture is centered around subsistence agriculture and live-stock raising which are the main sources of income. Another aspect of the Spate Irrigation System of Rod-Kohi areas is the occurrence of the perennial water (known as Kalapani), which is available throughout the year in the upper reaches. It contributes significantly to sustainable farming in the area and used for high value crops like fodder, fruits and vegetables Go To Top Floods Rajan Pur is a District of Punjab. It is located in southern Punjab. The total population of this district is 1522511. As a city, Rajan Pur is a clean with wide Streets & good sanitation system. It consists of three tehsils namely Rohjan Mazari, Jam pur, Fazil Pur. In August due to the heavy rains flash floods started. Peshawar and Rajan Pur districts were badly affected by these flash floods. In Rajan Pur flood water came from Kah Sultan and Shacher torrent (rivulet). This flood water hit the different union councils of Rajan Pur. Hundreds of houses damaged fully and partially and inhabitants sitting under open sky. The displaced people have sought shelter in streets and other public buildings in and around their chaks (villages). List of Affected UCs:Table of affected union councils with Current population No District Tahsel U/C Population Damaged H.H 1 Rajan Pur Rajan Pur Jahan Pur 34886 Fully damaged 2 Rajan Pur Rajan Pur Fatih Pur 25867 Partially damaged 3 Rajan Pur Jam Pur Hajji Pur 22745 Partially damaged 4 Rajan Pur Rojahan Umer Kot 30978 Fully damaged 5 Rajan Pur Daajil Tal Shuamili 20478 Partially damaged 6 Rajan Pur Daajil Buriri wala 19456 Partially damaged 7 Rajan Pur Daajil Noshira Gherbi 21568 Partially damaged 8 Rajan Pur Daajil Noor Pur 23789 Partially damaged Analysis:In assessment and initial findings from the flood-affected district Rajan Pur show that, 04 union councils are completely damaged U/C Jahan Pur, U/C Fatih Pur, U/C Hajji Pur, and Umer Kot U/C. Thus, there is an urgent need for non food items (NFIs) including mattresses, mosquito nets, Kitchen utensils, fuel for daily cooking and hygiene kits. Yearly food stock is almost completely washed away, while livestock has sufferedconsiderable loss. Thus affected people facing critical condition and will suffer economically for at least one whole year as their current crop is damaged at large scale. According to affectess this flood is larger than the one, some 40 years ago
FREQUENTLY RAISED QUESTIONS & OBJECTIONS
QUESTIONS Why we demand Siraiki soobah? Will it be an administrative unit or linguistic unit? Which areas will be part of the new province? Which city will be capital of the new province? What will be the fate of non-Siraiki people? Will it have sufficient revenue for the budget?
OBJECTIONS This will open a Pandora box. People of other provinces will also demand more provinces. This will destabilize Pakistan . This is a ploy by Asif Zardari to corner Nawaz Sharif. This is a conspiracy against Punjab . This is a move to divide Punjab again. People of Punjab will not allow division of their province. Punjabis will be displaced and will become muhajir again. The current situation in the country is not conducive for the creation of more provinces. Our country is in a state of war against terrorism and demand of new soobah is a distraction. People demanding Siraiki province are “Lisani Firqa Prast” and agents of enemy countries.
COMMENTS Poverty alleviation, health care, education and Roti - Kapra aur Makan, etc., are the real issues and not the creation of more provinces. Common man in south Punjab is not in favor of a separate province. This is the demand of feudal lords who want to become Governors, CMs or Ministers of the new province. People of Bahawalpur demand separate province of their own. Leaders of Siraiki soobah movements could not win a single seat in the provincial or national assembly. Common man in south Punjab will get nothing. Many Siraikis were Governors, CMs, Ministers and President and now PM is Siraiki. We should hold them accountable for our problems. People of south Punjab are lazy and they should blame themselves for being backward. Provincial capital of Siraikistan will consume lot of resources to build infrastructure and other facilities, etc., which south Punjab will not be able to afford.
FREQUENTLY RAISED QUESTIONS & OBJECTIONS
Debate for the creation of Siraiki Province is gaining momentum. Our representatives, who are invited in the TV talk shows and other forums, should go fully prepared with powerful statements to make, without any hesitation. The critics and biased anchor persons normally try to be offensive in their arguments. As our demand is fully justified, so we should not be defensive. We should rightly and forcefully blame the Punjabi establishment and bureaucracy, politicians and the people of the upper Punjab for all our deprivations and they should be put into defensive and apologetic positions.
As such we have to face with confidence and give proper answers to the following questions and objections which are being raised, by the people of upper Punjab , in the discussions held on TV channels and in public meetings and news paper articles. All such questions and objections are part of a malicious propaganda to discourage and thwart the movement for Siraiki soobah. Their obvious intention is to keep Punjab province intact, not for the stability of the country but only for their own vested interests. They want to continue getting undue benefits for themselves and their coming generations, all at the expense of progress and prosperity of the people of Siraiki Wasaib. They also consider it a threat to their policy of hegemony, colonialism and exploitation.
Before thrashing out these questions and objections, I want to ask some simple questions:
1. Was Pakistan created for the Progress, Prosperity and Welfare of Punjabis and muhajirs? The answer is flat NO. This country was created for the prosperity of all the people of Pakistan without cast, creed and region or religion.
2. Why then the people of these two communities are more educated and more prosperous? More than 90% persons on the list of Pakistan ’s richest people are from these two communities. They own almost all the industrial units concentrated in the regions of Mid Eastern Punjab and Karachi . They easily get employment in all the spheres of life. Almost 85% personnel of the armed forces, para-military forces, all the Government & semi Government departments, Judiciary, Civil Service, private sectors are from these two communities and they occupy all the lucrative and money minting positions. Future of their children and coming generations is fully secured. Now tens of thousands of these people have been able to migrate to other countries, all over the World, due to better education, better opportunities and support extended to them by their own people.
3. WAS it a mere coincidence or some thing properly planned and executed?
THE QUESTIONS AND OBJECTIONS ARE AS UNDER :-
Why we demand Siraiki soobah? It is our due right. Due to heavy weight Province of the Punjab , the Federation has always been unbalanced and shall remain unstable. Downsizing is necessary to create a balance. This is a must to keep the country stable and united. People of all the other provinces, including East Pakistan, always blamed Punjab for exploitation of their resources. Dividing this province into three or more provinces will create a parity and balance in the Federation units. Those who oppose this demand are, in fact, enemies of the state and their policies are destabilizing the country. Repressing this demand will create situation like East Pakistan and Balochistan.
Will it be an administrative unit or linguistic unit? Siraiki Wasaib has never been part of Punjab which was established 160 years ago by the British in the year 1849. We want to restore our Province on the basis of historical and cultural boundaries of the past 2000 years. Language has been an integral part of it, yet this is not going to be a province for Siraiki people only. People seem to be allergic to the word “Linguistic” due to false propaganda. In India more provinces were created from time to time and the important thing was that the boundaries of all the Indian provinces were adjusted on linguistic basis. After all Indians were not stupid and in fact they have been able to stabilize their country and keep it united due to this realistic policy which we have failed to adopt unfortunately.
Which areas will be part of the new province? This should be on the basis of the will of the people. For this an independent Judicial Commission shall have to be appointed to submit their recommendations. In case of a dispute the issue is to be resolved according to the will of the people on the basis of a referendum for that particular area.
Which city will be the capital of the new province? This will be decided by the provincial assembly of the new province.
What will be the fate of non-Siraiki people? This can not be a province for Siraiki people only. All the citizens will be free to live there similar to other provinces.
Will it have sufficient revenue for the budget? Soon after Independence Siraiki Wasaib was the most prosperous region in the country. Although it has been left behind in the pace of progress and prosperity yet it has many natural and agricultural resources to sustain. Every province gets due share of the NFC award on the basis of Population (head count), land area and poverty factor. For the year 2009-10 Punjab’s share in the NFC award is Rs. 334 billion. Now population of Siraiki Wasaib is 40% and area is 60%. On the basis of recently agreed NFC award formula the share of Soobah Siraikistan should be more than Rs. 140 billion. Currently the development budget allocated for South Punjab is only Rs. 5 billion. Upper Punjab is gulping a whopping sum of Rs. 135 billion from the due share of Siraiki Wasaib. This practice has been going on during the last 60 years and will continue unless we have separate province with our separate allocation from the Federal Government.
When Siraiki Province is restored, the estimated budget would be more than Rs. 250 billion on the basis of NFC award and local income. As such no one should worry about it. Actually the people of upper Punjab are worried that they will lose more than Rs. 200 billion this year and more in the coming years. They (upper Punjab) will be forced to curtail their non-productive development projects.
OBJECTIONS This will open a Pandora box. If Pandora box of the Local Governments can be opened then why not this one? If the intentions are good and if we genuinely want to make the country united, strong and prosperous then we should not be afraid of opening of this Pandora box. This should be done right now, before this box explodes.
The process of creation of more provinces should not be stopped by force or by hateful propaganda. In many countries additional provinces were created as per demand of the public. People of one area should not try to subjugate others even if the language and culture is the same.
We take example of Nigeria which had three regions when it got independence in the year 1960. Later on one more region was added and then in 1967 it was divided into twelve provinces. In the year 1976 seven new states/provinces were created, bringing the total to nineteen. The process of creating additional states continued and in 1997 there were 36 states plus one Federal Territory .
People of other provinces will also demand more provinces. Yes. Let an independent Judicial Commission look into this crucial problem and submit a report which should be followed without prejudice.
This will destabilize Pakistan . This view is put forward with bad intentions. History of Turkey , Nigeria , Afghanistan , Vietnam , Sri Lanka and many other countries, where more provinces were created from time to time, does not support this bogus argument. On the contrary this is the best option to avoid disintegration of a country. Equality and parity in the provinces will create goodwill and mutual trust which will result in united and strong Pakistan .
This is a ploy by Asif Zardari to corner Nawaz Sharif. This is a very funny objection. This argument belittles position of Nawaz Sharif. If Mr. Sharif is a true national leader then creation of more provinces should not bother him. At present his representation in the other three provinces and south Punjab is minimal. After creation of Siraiki and Pothohari Provinces , he will not be able to maintain his national stature. That is the reason he and his Punjabi Muslim League is worried.
This is a conspiracy against Punjab . Wow!!! This is an emotional rhetoric. If we demand our due right after being deprived and exploited for 62 years then the so called champions of democracy and national solidarity consider it a conspiracy. If this act of division into more working units, as per demand of the people of various regions, is a conspiracy then the people who abolished One Unit in 1970 should be tried for this crime. In fact anti soobah campaign is a conspiracy to keep Siraiki Wasaib backward and under developed by keeping it under the firm control of Takht Lahore.
This is a move to divide Punjab again. Nope. This is to re-establish centuries old boundaries of Siraikistan, previously known as Riyasat-hae Multan and Bahawalpur .
People of Punjab will not allow division of their province. When they say “People of Punjab” they actually mean Punjabis who constitute 50% of the population of this province. Is Siraiki Wasaib their backyard colony? Before independence Hindus and their Muslim cronies used to say the same thing about division of India . But here we are not demanding a separate country.
Punjabis will be displaced and will become muhajir again. This is again one of the emotional tactics. Nobody will be displaced if they continue living there with a policy of mutual co-existence and they do not systematically change the demographics of Siraiki Wasaib.
The current situation in the country is not conducive for the creation of more provinces. We are not responsible for the creation of this current situation. Unfortunately, our country has been under difficult conditions all the time since independence due to wars with India , religious conflicts and now Taliban threat, etc. Situation in the country will improve with the creation of more provinces and grant of autonomy with fair and judicious distribution of the national wealth. In fact the current situation has developed due to injustice done to the people of many regions like FATA, Balochistan, south Punjab and previously East Pakistan . Those who raise such objections are the culprits for creating such a situation. We did not learn a lesson after a humiliating defeat which resulted in cessation of East Pakistan and now Pakistani flags are being burnt in Balochistan..
Our country is in a state of war against terrorism and demand of new soobah is a distraction. We do not accept this as a logical and valid objection. Under this pretext the people of upper Punjab want to keep Siraiki Wasaib under their strict control like a colony. If more Divisions can be created for administrative reasons then there will be no problem if more provinces are created.
People of other provinces do not support this demand of Siraiki soobah. People of other provinces strongly support this demand. Asfand Yar Wali, Mahmood Achakzai and Altaf Bhai strongly support this demand. They are the one who demand balanced Federation and parity amongst provinces. Even father of our present President, Mr. Hakim Ali Zardari also supported this issue many years ago.
People demanding Siraiki province are “Lisani Firqa Prast” and agents of enemy. This has been our bad tradition to label opponents as traitors and agents of enemy countries. All the Siraikis are patriots and those who blame us are themselves not sincere to the nation.
COMMENTS Poverty alleviation, health care, education and Roti - Kapra aur Makan, etc., are the real issues and not the creation of more provinces. These problems will be solved more effectively with the creation of more provinces. With tremendous increase in the population and related social and economical problems the issue of creation of more provinces should get top priority.
Common man in south Punjab is not in favor of separate province. People of many Tehsil councils in Bahawalpur , Multan , Dera Ghazi Khan and other areas have passed resolutions for the creation of Siraikistan Province . If deaf and dumb people of upper Punjab don’t know about this then they should blame themselves. This can further be proved with the help of a referendum. Actually an independent and impartial judicial commission should be constituted to look into this national issue and to submit report and recommendations.
This is the demand of feudal lords who want to become Governors, CMs or Ministers of the new province. Most of our feudal lords are very happy being poodles of Punjabi politicians. They love to live in Lahore and on the instructions from their Punjabi masters they have always opposed creation of Siraiki province. Now the situation is changing.
People of Bahawalpur demand separate province of their own. Let the people of Bahawalpur decide about this. Recently many Tehsil councils of Bahawalpur Division have unanimously approved resolutions for the creation of Siraikistan province. Nevertheless, we should be fair and realistic on this issue and no one should force the people of Bahawalpur to be part of Siraikistan, if they do not want to.
Leaders of Siraiki soobah movements could not win a single seat in the provincial or national assembly. This is the real dilemma of our democratic process. Our people are forced to vote for those who do not represent their electorate in the true sense. For example, people of Indian held Kashmir want independence from India to join Pakistan yet their elected people support Indian occupation. APHC leader Ali Gilani, Yasin Malik and others have not been able to win state elections. This is the reason we demand that referendum be held to know will of the people.
Common man in south Punjab will get nothing.
They will get every thing which the people of upper Punjab are now getting. This will be possible only when we shall have our own separate province with separate budget and civil service to implement all the development schemes. For this our friends should read my article regarding justification for the creation of Siraikistan province.
Many Siraikis were Governors, CMs, Ministers and President and now PM is Siraiki. We should hold them accountable for our problems. This is unfortunate as they have never been true representatives of the Wasaib. Except one or two persons, all of them were powerless rulers similar to our present PM. They were all feudal lords who had their own mindset and objectives. Even now they have their own mini states within State where they subjugate local people. They maintain their own courts and prisons and system of justice or injustice to keep their people under firm control. That is the reason that they have always tried to keep their people, rather subjects, uneducated and poor with their constituencies under developed. They all know that majority of them are now unable to win their elections in the city areas where people are more educated.
People of south Punjab are lazy and they should blame themselves for being backward. A community is always backward and non progressive due to majority of the people being uneducated and lazy. Bureaucracy, establishment and politicians of upper Punjab are to blame as they kept our Wasaib uneducated and backward with the connivance of feudal lords and elected representatives of the Wasaib. Our resources were drained off and siphoned out to develop upper Punjab . Creation of Siraikistan province will mitigate such problems.
Provincial capital of Siraikistan will consume lot of resources to build infrastructure and other facilities, etc., which south Punjab will not be able to afford. People of upper Punjab should not bother about this as they have never before worried about our poor state of affairs. To finance our infrastructures, we shall definitely claim our due share in the property and assets of the province which were acquired, developed and maintained with the provincial budget such as Governor House, CM and Ministers’ residences, GRA estate, Secretariat complexes, assembly building and other similar buildings.
Now people of Wasaib want to control their own resources to solve all their problems of literacy, unemployment and poverty, improvement of infrastructure, industrialization and development of the area. Siraikis trust people of upper Punjab no-more and they do not want to remain their slaves.
The Saraikistan movement has found criticism throughout Pakistan. The following is a narration by Faisal Awan,an opinion author for the PakistanFirst organization.
"There is nothing wrong with the demand but the timing of this call is highly objectionable, amiss and incredulous. The champions of this call are trying to create a stir at the time when Pakistan as a country is facing daunting challenges of drooping economy, deplorable law and order situation, foreign and home grown terrorism, foreign secret agencies involved in fathering and funding domestic issues, government’s weakening grip on Balochistan issue, limping judicial system, and archaic educational system to name a few. There is hardly any front where our current cracked leadership and wretched nation is enjoying a sigh of relief.
One of the justifications given by the adherents of this cause is solely linguistic based and claims that Saraiki speaking people should have their own province. So are we planning to start dividing Punjab and Pakistan on linguistic basis? Saraiki is a dialect of Punjabi and if we are to start creating lingo-based provinces then the claims for a Hindko, Pothohari and Majhi province will soon surface and chain of uncontrollable movements for a separate province can take birth. It is a can of worms which if opened will defile minds across Pakistan.
Another aspect to this claim is that Bahawalpur should revert to its original constitutional representation which it had before the implementation of one unit and in addition also put other Saraiki districts under its control. The rationale given for it is that Bahawalpur and the Saraiki belt being far flung from the powerful Lahore fails to make an impact on the policies of Punjab province and has no Saraiki representation what so ever among the powerful policy making clans, and as a consequence, it is being ignored and deprived of socio-economic development. However, the factual truth is that the area in subject is a victim of feudalism and bureaucracy, which is consuming it and rest of the Pakistan like a canker. To counter their claim of scarce political representation from their area, below are some of the numerous political clouts from the Saraiki belt who have represented their area at various fronts: Muhammad Ali Durrani (PML-Q), Chaudry Pervaiz Elahi (PML-Q), Jehangir Tareen (PML-F), Mukhdoom Javaid Hashmi (PML-N), Sardar Athar Khan Gorchani (PPPP), Khan Muhammad Hussain Azad (PPPP), Farooq Lagahri – President of Pakistan 1993-1997, Balakh Sher Mazari – Prime Minister Pakistan 1993, Yusuf Raza Gilani (PPPP) – Prime Minister Pakistan 2008 - current, Shah Mehmood Qureshi (PPPP), Ghulam Mustafa Khar, Tasneem Nawaz Gardezi, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Makhdoom Altaf, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, and Riaz Pirzada, to name a few. Although some of the Saraiki politicians including Yusuf Raza Gilani the current prime minister correctly feel that a thorough and credible debate should occur in the parliament rather than making him an outright cartographer of some of the Saraiki politician’s fictional world.
With such star studded Saraiki political representation it is perplexing that nothing substantial could be crafted in the last 60 years and they could not influence the policy makers to carve policies for the socio-economic development of south Punjab and have suddenly created a highly questionable and suspicious agitation. The notable fact is that most of the infrastructure that betokens the development and importance of the Saraiki belt is either the courtesy of Nawab’s who ruled the Bahawalpur state before merging into Pakistan or Arab Sheikhs, who in return enjoy whooping concessions on turning Bahawalpur and Rahimyar Khan state acreage into private hunting lands, and nothing significant has been delivered in past 60 years by the “Saraiki politicians who are now demanding a separate province”.
If the philosophy behind the renaissance of this movement is reverting to the historical boundaries, then what to do with that part of NWFP which was in Punjab before November 1901. Does that mean redressing of all the provinces if historical boundaries are the criteria?
It can be a likely possibility that it may be a government backed stunt to sway the attention of Pakistani people from the core issues of economy, law and order, and terrorism which are crippling the fragile government day by day and they are finding it hard to grapple with on hand challenges. Many political analysts are seeing it as an attempt by PPPP’s government to weaken the PML (N) grip on Punjab and to disguise government’s dragging of approval of 17th amendment behind the pretense of a Saraiki province demand. PML (N) has several times clearly expressed its displeasure pertaining to the delaying of approval process of 17th amendment. However, the political stature of PML (N) in Punjab should not take a hit since it has not much support amongst the Saraiki belt and currently holds only eight seats from the Saraiki districts out of some forty odd seats.
At the government level though, PPPP has denounced the call for a separate Saraiki province both from the President and Prime Minister’s office and maintained its stance that it is against the fragmentation of the provinces. On the other hand PML (N) is amiable to the idea of calling a meeting with the Saraiki leaders currently living in the subject areas and chalking out a package to address the contentious issues.
Hypothetically if the Saraiki province is created, then WHAT? The same politicians who were representing Saraiki belt before will be dumped on the Saraiki’s again. How will they change things when they have not done a single bit in the past 60 years for them? What goods it has brought to Balochistan as being a province, as it still remains the most underdeveloped area of Pakistan and the reason for that is none other than the feudalism and lack of sincere and ardent implementation of development policies by the federal government and the baloch politicians. Interestingly, the champions of a separate Saraiki province demand, most of them enjoy a luxurious life in the serene and opulent areas of Lahore and Islamabad rather than the area which they are claiming is theirs and crying out in their interviews that they can not be a witness anymore to the deplorable condition of their people and the area.
To add another spin to this issue, with terror networks already present in southern Punjab and trying to strengthen their grip in that area, raising such an issue at this precarious time can provide the opening which India, Israel and their allies may be looking for to build upon and create a kind of mayhem as they have created in Swat and Balochistan. This will provide them the luxury to recruit traitors at will in the name of “Islam and getting your own identity”, as they have done in Swat and Balochistan. This may very well lead to opening another alarming front of a troubling separatist movement to deal with for Pakistan army and the already crippled government of Pakistan.
Although the timing of the demand in subject is highly unfortunate but it is a fact that the ground realities pertaining to the social and economic conditions of southern Punjab are extremely deplorable and demands immediate attention. Rather than chauvinistically demanding a separate province and expending energies towards it, the Saraiki politicians and intellects along with their peers in northern Punjab need to formulate packages for economic development, educational and judicial reforms, industrialization, improving governance, utilizing the resources efficiently and honestly, eliminating the terror dungeons, and lastly but most importantly go back and live among the people whom you are aspiring to lead. So that the people of their area should not feel that they have been again duped by bunch of charlatans like the past 60 years."