Constitutional amendment required to make South Punjab province: FM Qureshi

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that a constitutional amendment is necessary for the creation of a new South Punjab province.

Speaking to media, Qureshi said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) does not have the required majority to pass such a bill.

The minister added that the government wants to constitute a sub-secretariat in South Punjab and initiate progress on the issue but that the opposition is not playing its desired role.

The PTI before election had promised to make South Punjab a separate province if voted into power.

A tweet last week by PTI’s official account said that from July 1, 2019, South Punjab will have a separate secretariat. The tweet added that in addition to a separate secretariat, South Punjab will also have its own chief secretary and inspector general of police along with its own development budget.

However, it was taken down shortly afterwards.