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KP govt slams Centre for not inviting CM Gandapur to SIFC meeting

“Form 47 government pushing country into provincialism,” alleges KP spokesperson Barrister Saif

By Abubakar Saddiq & Ayaz Akbar Yousafzai
May 23, 2024
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur (left), and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — PPI/Online/File
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur (left), and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — PPI/Online/File

ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has censured the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led federal government for showing "bias" towards the province by not inviting Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur to the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) apex committee’s session scheduled for May 25.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif summoned the SIFC’s session at 11:45am on May 25 (Saturday), however, it emerged that KP CM Gandapur was not invited to the forthcoming meeting.

Chief ministers of other provinces — Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan — have been invited to the SIFC session, however, CM Gandapur was not given a formal invitation to attend it.

The upcoming session will be attended by the civil top brass, including deputy prime minister-cum-foreign minister Senator Ishaq Dar, ministers for information, finance, defence, planning and development, commerce, law and justice, water resources, and provincial chief secretaries.

Reacting to the development, the KP government’s spokesperson Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif censured the federal government, saying that the “Form 47 government of Shehbaz Sharif” exhibited bias towards the province which was condemnable.

“Fake ‘Form 47’ government is pushing the country towards provincialism. We would not accept any decision regarding the fate of our province possessing natural resources in the absence of the chief minister. The KP government strongly condemns this biased step,” he added.

Advisor to KP CM on Finance Muzzammil Aslam slammed the Centre’s decision for not inviting CM Gandapur to the SIFC apex committee’s session bearing “malice” and an “insult of the public mandate”.

Aslam claimed that PM Office was involved in neglecting the KP province and demanded the Centre to review the decision. He blamed the forum for failing to bring reasonable investments to the country since one and a half year.

He clarified that the province was not involved in the confrontation, except for demanding its dues from the federal government.

Earlier in the month, CM Gandapur had come down hard on the federal government, again, and warned of a strong reaction if the Centre fails to give an exact timeframe for resolving the province’s core issues.

Gandapur warned the federal government of a strong reaction if it fails to give an exact timeline for resolving the province’s core issues, including payments of dues, new taxes, promised funds for countering law and order issues, loadshedding, and special funds for tribal areas.

He gave a 15-day deadline to the Centre to find a way out via dialogues with the KP government.