If the PPP government wants to make a separate province on the linguistic basis then it needs to include only those areas where Seraiki or its sub-dialects like Riasiti, Multani and Derawali are spoken. Further, the Siro area of Sindh has to be included in the proposed province to make it a pure Seraiki province. But its proposed map includes those areas too which do not share anything linguistically with the Seraiki belt. There seems no reason to include districts like Sargodha, Khushab, Jhang and Mianwali in the proposed province, as in these areas Shahpuri dialect is spoken which has nothing to do with Seraiki. Certain parts of Dera Ismail Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalnagar districts can become part of Seraiki province as the majority in those areas speak Riasiti and Derawali. The areas like T T Singh, Sahiwal and Jhang are also shown in the map. These are the areas where Jhangochi or Janngli dialect is spoken. The great literary works of Punjabi language like Heer Ranja and Mirza Sahiba has been written in this dialect. It is also spoken in the ‘Bar’ areas of Punjab – Sandal Bar, Kirana Bar, Neeli Bar, Ganji Bar and also in areas from Khaniwal to Jhang including Faisalabad and Chiniot.
The country certainly needs new provinces for good governance but the division should be on administrative basis, without prejudice to any province, ethnic group or political party. Moreover, apart from the proposed Seraiki province, formation of other provinces should also be taken into consideration.
S SAJJAD Q ASHRAF,
Haripur, May 2.