Shahbaz Sharif , the Chief Minister of Punjab , said that Karachi should be made a separate province.
This demand is an extension of PML(N) policy on the issue of new provinces according to which such demands are present in each of the four provinces and should be addressed nationwide and not be restricted to Punjab alone.
This statement came after the demand from rival PML(Q) to make a Saraiki province in southern Punjab. This demand was supported by Prime Minister gailani , who was elected from southern Punjab region.
A member of influential Abbasi family , who were the rulers of Bahawalpur in the British Raj, has also demanded for a province in southern Punjab. However this demand is different in it that they are demanding to establish a province comprising areas of Bahawalpur region. This demand is in conflict with the demand for a greater southern Punjab Saraiki province.
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