Press Conference : 28th, May 2019.
This is a conspiracy by Waderas, capitalists, Pirs and corrupt element.
Fakhar Zaman Chairman World Punjabi Congress, along with Mudassir Butt editor Phulekha, Tariq Khurshid, Ehtisham Rabbani, Iqbal Qaiser, Jamil Pal, Perven Malik, Mushtaq Soofi, Baba Najmi and other eminent scholars and intellectuals held a press conference in Lahore Press club. There was a consensus of opinion that the issue of the division of Punjab province is a conspiracy hatched by corrupt waderas, capitalists, retired bureaucrats and decadent Pirs. They were of the opinion that the division will further aggravate the problems of poor people who are already suffering due to unemployment , poverty, inflation, poor health and education facilities. Fakhar Zaman said "we believe in four nationalities and four National languages with Urdu as the link language. He also said that the propagation of the division of Punjab will open Pandora's box. Then there should be Hazara and Hindku province in KP, three provinces of Sindh and two provinces of Balochistan. He said that all provincial leaders support their stance and are with them so far as the national and language issue is concerned. Mudassir Butt said that it is a conspiracy against the Punjabi language and culture by corrupt politicians. He said that they will go to any extent not to allow the creation of South Punjab. Tariq Khurshid said that the demand for Bahawalpur province is rightful, he added that the so called advocates of South Punjab province are not supported by the genuine intellectuals and writers, only lackeys of waderas are backing the division of Punjab. He said that let there be referendum on the issue of division and the majority of poor people will disagree with the political opportunists. Ehtisham Rabbani said that if a new province is formed there will be more exploitation of the have-nots of South Punjab. He further said that the constitution and the 18th Amendment does not allow any such division in the shape of new provinces. Iqbal Qaiser said that this is a considered conspiracy against Punjab. He said Sufi poets cannot be divided. Jamil Pal gave some statistics about the exploitation of poor Punjabi people, he said Punjab is the only province where mother tongue is not taught at primary level, neither it is spoken in provincial legislature.Others present in the press conference showed great concern and anger at the conspiracy of waderas of South Punjab and elitist elements of other political parties. It was decided that a National conference on the issue of division of Punjab will be organized soon with nationalists from all other provinces, students, human and women activists, intellectuals, writers and scholars participating to threadbare the despicable movement of division of Punjab.