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Pak PM invites parties to talks on new provinces in Punjab, Sindh

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Amid growing demand for bifurcating and provinces, has invited all political parties to a dialogue to reach a consensus on the issue of creation of new provinces, according to

The criticised the setting up of the South Province Front and the leaders who announced its formation recently. He said that mere holding of press conferences could not create new provinces in

said all political parties should hold a dialogue on the issue of creation of new provinces in accordance with the demands of the people of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, Dawn newspaper reported.

He was speaking at a road opening event in Khairpur Daha near Uch Sharif, about 70km from here city in province.

has four provinces, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Punjab is Pakistan's second largest province by area, after PTI AKJ

said that no political party could ensure the setting up of a new province all by itself because no party could amend the Constitution alone.

All the parties should strive to forge a consensus through dialogue, he said. The formation of new provinces might be in the best interest of the country.

Abbasi referred to the demand for the creation of province as well as for other federating units in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and He mentioned the adoption of two resolutions in the Punjab assembly in the last two years, about the restoration of province and creation of province.

It was the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he said, that had ensured the passage of the two resolutions. The constitutional amendment, however, could not be passed through the efforts of just one party, he said.

Abbasi asked the leaders of the Province Front to wait for the people's verdict on the issue, as the was approaching fast. As they had parted ways with the PML-N, they should wait for proper mandate from the people.

Recently, eight lawmakers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party parted ways with it and announced the launch of a mass movement to make a separate province.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 14:25 IST