Pakhtunkhwa or ‘Bengali Model’, says Bilour
The News, March 30, 2010
By our correspondent
LAHORE: Railways Minister and a central leader of the Awami National Party, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has said Bengalis chose to end their allegiance to Pakistan to get recognition and ìnow it is up to the politicians of the country whether they recognise the Pakhtuns by naming their province after them or go for the 'Bengali Model.'
Talking to media men at the Railway Headquarters on Monday, he said it was not only disturbing but disappointing to see such a hue and cry over a legitimate and reasonable demand. Bilour regretted the reservations expressed by Mian Nawaz Sharif over the issue, saying if he had any problem with the issue why he did not bring it up for discussion during at least 75 parliamentary committee meetings.
He said Nawaz Sharif had agreed to everything, but all of a sudden he was blessed by an unexplainable revelation dawning upon him that he had serious reservations over renaming of the NWFP. The minister said although negotiations and meetings with the PML-N were still going on, in which they have been assured of cooperation, but the backtracking of the PML-N had created a trust deficit.
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