Sunday, October 31, 2010
Changing the Name of NWFP to Khyber Pakhtoon Khaw
Usually rather mostly and from the very beginning in Pakistan Political parties use two or three slogans/stunts/issues to keep their party men active and to make them follow to solve the serious problems, that if not solved may put the existence of the county into risk. Similarly, the major political party of the province had putting forward two slogans; "Kalabagh not accepted" and " Changing the NWFP to KPK. The latter has been solved and approved by the parliaments. ANP celebrated this occasion saying that their centuries old dreams have come true. I wonder that there are literary persons and intellectuals in the province but no body cared that the meaning of this name of province is wrong Pakhtoo Khaw means, he who wants Pashto, it can not be the name of a place, rather it should have been Pakhtoonistan like Pakistan , Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, etc. But, what the new name has given to the people of the province. Did they get relieved of the terrorism, rather the Provincial Minister for information lost the life of his young innocent son, did the name provide them the cheaper food items, did it control the law and order situation in the province? is Khyber Pakhtoon Khaw now presenting the the picture of paradise? nothing of the sort. But, they created conflicts over the issue. They have created farness between them and the residents of Hazara and Seraiki speaking people. Are not they right to claim their own province , if provinces are created on the basis of languages. I am myself Pushto speaking but belong to the southern most district of the province.There Seraiki and Pushto both are spoken. , In Peshawar city and adjacent areas Hindku is the primary language of the people not the Pushto, though they can speak Pushto too. In Hazara , having a vast area Hindko is spoken. The literary Pushto or the Pushto of ANP is mainly spoken in Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Swat, Takht Bhai, and of course in adjoining tribal areas. The Pushto of Wazirs, Masuds, Bhitanis, Banuchis and other tribal areas is quite different in accent and wordings.The Population of all Pushto speaking areas may not be more than 30 % and how the people of Hazara and Seraiki belt accepts this decision which is based on injustice. Nawaz Sharif , had some political limitations that he agreed to this issue. Baba Haidar Zaman of Hazara Movement has advised his people to install the boards of Hazara Province on all the borders of other provinces leading to Hazara, including Punjab and KPK. If, Seraiki belt is not active yet but they will move to get separate Provinve because from DI khan to Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur and all the Cholistan area consists of Seraiki people and stretches over a vast area. Where does this issue will lead the people to, where we have many other crises to deal with.