Friday 2 April 2010

Renaming of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province

Congratulations to all the residents of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as the NWFP is now to be known. After many generations at least you have your name back. The land may take a little longer.
However, the renaming has not gone down well in all quarters. One well known lawyer in Peshawar, Barrister Baachaa, said the province should have been renamed Afghania. He said the new name was a plot and that it would soon be shortened to Khyber.
And in Hazara there was also unhappiness with the name. A large rally in Abbottabad agreed to campaign to separate from K-P and set up a new province called Hazara. Speakers at the rally said the Karakoram Highway would be blocked from Jarikas to Kohistan district. They decided to set up a committee to mark out the future strategy for the establishment of Hazara province. Elsewhere in the newly named province, there was dancing and singing in the streets.

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