Hazara people little interested in KP, Punjab uplift promises

The Nation Story By Maqbool Malik

ISLAMABAD – The proposed multibillion special development package promised by the provincial governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab to appease the people of Hazara region has failed to take off, sources said on Monday.

“There are no signs that the leadership of the ANP and PML-N would fulfil its commitment of a joint multi-billion special development package during the upcoming budget”, a disgruntled PML-N MP from Hazara told TheNation. He said the leadership of the two parties was shying away from unveiling the programme that was supposed to be of Rs50 billion to win hearts and minds of the people of Hazara.

“They had played their cards well to pacify the agitating people of Hazara over renaming NWFP as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, sources said, adding both the parties have been successful in hoodwinking the people for a while but they would lose politically in the due course of time.
Sources were of the view that had these political parties been serious they would have by now unveiled the plan. However, supporters of the Hazara Province Movement say they knew from the beginning that none of the major political parties including PPP, ANP and PML-N who had supported the change of name would ever live up to its promises made with the people of Hazara.

“These political parties have succeeded to some extent in dividing the people of Hazara. But they had lost political support at the gross root level not only in Hazara but also in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, a supporter of Tehrik-e-Hazara remarked while requesting not to be named. He said people of Hazara were better organised and would leave no stone unturned towards attaining their goal in getting the Hazara as a separate province.

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