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Gandapur not invited to SIFC meeting on 25th

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

By our correspondents
May 24, 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: Blaming the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led federal government for making “biased moves”, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government expressed displeasure for not getting an invitation for the upcoming apex committee’s session of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC).

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif summoned the SIFC’s session at 11:45am on May 25 (Saturday), and it emerged that KP Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur was not invited to the forthcoming meeting. Chief ministers of other provinces — Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan — have been invited to the SIFC session.

The upcoming session will be attended by the top officials, 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, 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.”

“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. Adviser 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 in 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 this month, CM Gandapur had 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.