More provinces do not mean division of country as people are arguing. Centralization or resource accumulation which unfortunately started from Ghulam Muhammad, Ayub Khan to date is still continuing. We often bring Islamic causes too for support of centralization. Look in Caliphate too specially the case of many Arab conquests when Arabs were trying (either to get by force or by buying land), it was normally prohibited and was established that “land belong to the person who grows on it”. So we can’t follow this central focused approach. Every country is moving towards more autonomy, India had 6 or 7 provinces now it has around 30. The point is if one’s cause is with sincere principles there is no wrong with division of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, we already have these nationalist belonging from many regions or race even before the division of provinces was brought in table like Punjabi, Balochi, Pathan, Sindhi, Siraiki, Brohi, Makrani, Muhajir, Kashmiri etc. what if we have more. I guess no issue with that. Promotion of different diversities of any country like we currently are showing is something healthy & makes one proud. After creation of provinces people (specially neglected and oppressed) have chance of feeling more secure about their cultural identity or if they didn’t had identity & were given by creating provinces on administrative basis it will give the importance to them.
The only result from neglecting rich cultural diversity as it happened after one unit, than one province domination and lack of provincial autonomy, only created more differences as it happened & still happening in Balochistan & Sindh. This separate cultural diversification is sign of healthy society just imagine like Siraikis are not normally encompassed completely in any Punjab cultural event, same is for Hazarawaal. So if Government or authorities with sincerity do it for two main purposes either to uplift the neglected population, administratively or if some particular section of society is totally ignored in past & need separate identity for cultural diversification at national level it will be blessing for nation not a curse. Just to quote India that Cultural diversification which they obtained by dividing & forming provinces both on admin & identity basis in year’s weather with cost of blood or on peaceful basis resulted in more unification of Indian Nation. Seeing it in this perspective, we don’t need to worry about it. One thing which is important and must be addressed is the government must also take into confidence those people whose province is to be divided; their issues and feelings must be resolved. We are not suppose to open another door for some future controversy over their mindset which is against formation of another province.
Keeping in view that one of the cause of 1971 dilemma was same thing i.e. suppression of Bengali identity (due to one unit), accumulation of wealth in one part of country, less job representations (which unfortunately is still we have in the form of quota systems which after Provincial autonomy should be on equal basis). However moving forward this provincial formation should not be only focused in Punjab rather it should be also followed and discussed on floors of other provincial assemblies too, but with time & learning from the experience gained from the first such new provincial setup. How? weather through referendum or through discussions in parliament between selected members it’s up to government to decide. There may be no harm if we consider both at identity & administrative factors at same time or separately the main factor is sincerity to uplift any section of society with true faith.
(Wrote this actually few months in August 2011)