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- Monday, April 11, 2011 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: A separate pro-vince of Hazara will give better representation to people of the region, said thousands of people from across Hazara who converged in front of the Parliament House here the other day to demand the control over resources and policies, says a press release.


Students, labourers, farmers, traders, lawyers and political activists from Kohistan, Battagram, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur and the Galiyat areas gathered in Abbottabad and made their way to the capital in a huge procession. They were received at various points en route. On reaching the capital, the procession was also joined by people from Rawalpindi and Islamabad.


Speaking on the occasion, Ali Asghar Khan, leader of the Tehreek-e-Huqooq-e-Hazara (THH), called for a referendum on Hazara. “People want a change. They are determined to be involved in setting policy priorities and ensuring transparency in public finances,” he said.


The THH leader argued for more freedom to create new provinces if supported by a majority of the concerned group of people through a referendum.