More provinces are needed

KARACHI: This is with reference to your editorial “The debate for more provinces” (August 5). There is no need to be worried about division of provinces on linguistic or ethnic basis in a real democracy. In India, for instance, Bombay was divided into Maharashtra and Gujarat, East Punjab into Punjab and Haryana, and now there is talk of carving out a new proposed Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh. Pakistan should ideally be divided into 27 provinces (present-day divisions) for real devolution of power.
The present provinces are large and unmanageable. When a province consists of about 10 to 15 million people, its leaders are more accessible. And the sooner it is done, the better it will be for Pakistan.

Shakir Lakhani
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2011.