Ownership of Oil and Gas Resources of Sindh
by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
I support any and all initiatives and actions that empower provinces and eliminate the menace of over-centralization in Pakistan. The current constitution gives too much power to one province to control the other three smaller provinces.
In addition to what is being proposed, it will be great if the Pakistani constitution is amended to make the Pakistani Senate a truly empowered institution in the same way as the US Senate. This would entail equal representation to four provinces and elimination of special representation from Islamabad and FATA areas. The Pakistani Senate should be empowered to initiate monetary bills that it cannot currently do.
I will give equally warmly welcome any announcements from PPP and/or PML-N supporting provincial autonomy and elimination of the concurrent list.
If the provincial autonomy is ever restored, not only Pakistan would come closer to its original vision enshrined in the 1940 resolution but would become much stronger and a unified country. Without provincial autonomy, in my view, the future does not look very promising for Pakistan.