The PPP has apparently gone ahead with ignoring all the problems afflicting the ordinary man, such as inflation, rising oil prices, secessionism, declining law and order and a subservient foreign policy. Instead it is going ahead with its plan to make an issue of splitting Punjab. This could be seen from the National Assembly Speaker notifying the names of 12 members of both Houses to a commission for the creation of South Punjab and Bahawalpur provinces. Punjab Speaker Rana Iqbal is to recommend two names from his House, and the commission would be complete. Though Speaker Fehmida Mirza has notified the names of PML-N members, its spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that the party would not accept the commission, and called for a national commission to consider the whole administrative setup of the country.
The best thing that the commission could do would be to recommend that the provinces not be formed. The PPP merely wants to carve out an area where it hopes it will have a majority. However, it should keep in view national interests, not those of the party, while considering such an explosive problem. The irony is that the government lacks the requisite two-thirds majorities needed for such a step. Thus the present measures are mere attempts to distract people’s attention from their real problems to a will o’ the wisp.