On Sunday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the PTI government would honor its promise of granting South Punjab the status of a province.
“The demand to convert South Punjab into a province is beyond any discrimination,” Qureshi stated as he addressed a gathering at the South Punjab secretariat.
“The PTI will materialise its promise made to the people of the region,” he added.
According to him, formation of a separate province would be the beginning of the fastest development in the region.
“In order to turn the fate of the area around, it is imperative for all powers to be moved to the South Punjab secretariat.”
The minister said it was the PTI’s agenda to ensure equal progress in every city and town of South Punjab.
He hoped that a separate budget would help address the deprivations of the region’s people.
On the occasion, different secretaries of the South Punjab secretariat gave a briefing to the minister on uplift projects under way in the region.
“Earmarking 35% of the budget for South Punjab was the beginning of a new era of development in the region,” Qureshi observed.