Karachi as a separate province

Karachi as a separate province

Deputy Chairman Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi has put forward a suggestion to create nine additional provinces, including Karachi, as a potential solution for better administration in Pakistan. In an interview, the senator proposed the formation of three provinces in both Baluchistan and Punjab, two provinces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and one province in Sindh.

Afridi, an independent lawmaker, expressed his belief that having more provinces in Pakistan would lead to improved problem-solving and governance.

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He mentioned that KP’s Hazara district and tribal areas, formerly known as FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), should be established as separate administrative units. When questioned about resource sharing, Afridi stated that the provinces would continue to receive their share under the National Finance Commission (NFC) award, as outlined in the 18th amendment.

He also expressed his concern that the government has not fulfilled its promises made to FATA, which has resulted in ongoing difficulties and concerns among the people in that region.

Financial Challenges in Provinces

Afridi highlighted that he has raised the issue of funds with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, indicating his efforts to address the financial challenges faced by the proposed provinces.

It’s important to note that any decision regarding the creation of new provinces in Pakistan would require careful consideration, consultation, and constitutional amendments.

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The idea of carving out additional provinces aims to address governance and administrative challenges, but it remains a topic of debate and discussion among policymakers and stakeholders in Pakistan.

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