Dividing Punjab, again!

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Editor’s Mail

APRIL 30, 2012

On August 14, 1947, Punjab was divided into two parts the basis of Two Nation theory. After
partition, the eastern side of Punjab was divided into three more parts in India while the
western Punjab is being targeted by the PPP government in Pakistan.

I think if Seraiki belt is not a part of Punjab, then whole Pakistan should be divided into many
provinces. Divide Sindh into four provinces:

a) Province for Urdu-speaking,
b) Province for Sindhi-speaking Baloch,
c) Province for Seraiki-speaking Sindhis and
d) Province for original Sindhis.
Similarly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should be divided into a) Hazara province for non-Pashtuns,
b) Chitral province for non-Pashtuns, Swat should be a separate province because Swati people
are different from other Pashtun, Upper and Lower Dir should be two separate provinces because
of their identities.

Kohat should also be a separate province because of Hindko which is of course different from
Pashtu language. On the same vein, North Waziristan and South Waziristan should be divided into
two different provinces because language difference from mainstream Pashtu.

Similarly, Balochistan should be divided on ethnic basis as Hazara, Pashtun, Udru-speaking and
many other tribes would be willing to get their status as separate provinces.

Punjab is the biggest province of Pakistan. It is a bitter reality that Punjab and Punjabis are always
targeted by Sindhis, Baloch, Pashtun and even by the Kashmiris. It is so because of a lack of
nationalism in Punjab.

We, as Punjabis, have left our typical Punjabi traditions including our mother language, the Punjabi
language that is going to vanish due to our careless attitude. I am not against Urdu language; it
should be treated equally. We have tried hard to adopt and speak Urdu language but have failed to
‘overcome’ its nuances and subtleties. Now, we are even unable to transfer our mother language to
our younger generation.

Wake up Punjab!


Punjabi militancy


The media, complain the other federating units, covers, almost exclusively, issues of the Punjab and
Karachi. And within that, only the urban centres. That is not too outlandish a claim. A comparison of
how a suicide bomb blast in Lakki Marwat that killed more than a hundred people and any of the ones
in Lahore, which have yielded far lesser casualties, played out of the news cycles is a ready case to
be examined.

Yet there are some aspects of the Punjab that are underreported by the mainstream media. The
widespread network of religious militants in the Punjab does not make it to the headlines so often.
A reason for this might be the relatively less frequent instances like the one that took place in
Chakwal the other day, where four intelligence personnel were targeted. But many analysts feel that
instances like these are the tip of the iceberg. That the still-submerged structure of these networks
is comparable, even larger, than the ones found in KP or Balochistan.

Even those who acknowledge the scourge limit themselves to discussing only southern Punjab. But
central Punjab is rife with the problem as well, and this includes Lahore. Islamabad itself is another
problem that needs to be confronted. A true picture of the proliferation of these networks in the
federal capital itself packs enough of a punch to give anyone the jitters.

These groups are increasingly making the elected representatives irrelevant. Rather than seek their
favour, it is usually the lawmakers that seek out these groups in matters of constituency realpolitik.
In making the positive framework of the state irrelevant lie the seeds of failed states. In this lopsided
republic where one federating unit takes up about 60 per cent of the population, it is rare to state
that the Punjab is being neglected, in any department. But that may well be the case.

Source:Pakistan Today, NOVEMBER 13, 2011

Punjabi language!


Punjabi is one of the sweetest and oldest languages of Pakistan and it is widely spoken throughout
the world.

It is unfortunate the rulers in Punjab and the bureaucracy at the centre and the provincial capital
are not paying proper attention to resolve the genuine issues like official recognition of Punjabi and
other languages as national languages of Pakistan.

This is nothing new as several countries have more than one national language. I suggest that the
Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif should play his positive role in this regard.


On Punjabi

DECEMBER 31, 2011

It is unfortunate to see the stigma attached to one of the most beautiful of the languages on the
planet i.e. Punjabi. To the elites, it is the language of the middle class, so there is no chance of it
being present in their discourse.

To the middle class, it is something that does not allow them to enter into the elite circle, so it
must be avoided at any cost. For the poor class, it is the only choice in most cases. They use it
in their everyday life but not without thinking that it is far lower than any of the languages they
have heard of. Without suggesting any solution in his regard, I would request the audience to
give this issue a thought and try to understand where the problem stems from.


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