Agony of Bahawalpur which financed Pakistan
The Nawab says, his grandfather was approached by Sardar Patel to accede to India
Dr. Hari Desai’s Column “Back to Roots” in Asian Voice, the Newsweekly published from London 22 July 2017
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The present Nawab of Bahawalpur, Salah-ud-Din Ahmed Abbasi, refused to meet the then President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, for two days in Bahawalpur despite repeated requests and the PPP supremo had to return empty-handed in 2013. This was despite the fact that President Zardari had increased many perks and privileges for Nawab Abbasi and his son. The Nawab boasted of getting himself and his nominees elected to the Punjab Assembly and the National Assembly of Pakistan as well. Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s leaders Chaudhary Pervez Elahi and Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain also approached Nawab Abbasi, but did not end up striking a deal with him. Nawab Abbasi has occupied a National Assembly seat four times: 1998 as an independent candidate, in 1990 on the Islamic Jamhoori Ittehad’s ticket and in 1993 and 1997 through the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. The Nawab has been popular in all the three districts of the Bahawalpur division-Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan, which encompass 15 National Assembly and 31 Punjab Assembly constituencies. Yet, when he did not get the royal treatment from PML-N and was offered only one of the National Assembly seats, while also not backing him for a Senate seat, he was furious. He had his own party, Bahawalpur National Awami Party(BNAP), formed and ended up having tie-up with Imaran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf(PTI).He did not contest the National Assembly election, but the candidates he supported lost badly to Mian Nawaz Sharif’s candidates in his Bahawalpur State!