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KP Government Expresses Outrage Over CM Gandapur’s Exclusion from SIFC

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ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has expressed its displeasure with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led federal government, accusing it of making “biased moves.”

This reaction follows the exclusion of KP Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur from the upcoming apex committee session of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC).

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called the SIFC session for 11:45 a.m. on May 25 (Saturday). However, it emerged that CM Gandapur was not invited, unlike his counterparts from Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan, who received formal invitations.

The session will be attended by top officials, including Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and various ministers responsible for information, finance, defense, planning and development, commerce, law and justice, water resources, along with provincial chief secretaries.

Reacting to this development, KP government’s spokesperson Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif criticized the federal government, accusing the “Form 47 government of Shehbaz Sharif” of exhibiting bias against KP.

Saif stated, “The fake ‘Form 47’ government is pushing the country towards provincialism. We will not accept any decision regarding our province, which possesses significant natural resources, made in the absence of the chief minister. The KP government strongly condemns this biased step.”

Additionally, Adviser to the KP CM on Finance, Muzzammil Aslam, condemned the Centre’s decision, labeling it as “malicious” and an “insult to the public mandate.”

Aslam accused the Prime Minister’s Office of intentionally neglecting KP and demanded a review of the decision.

He criticized the SIFC for failing to attract reasonable investments over the past one and a half years, asserting that the province’s exclusion was unjustified.

Aslam clarified that KP was not seeking confrontation but was merely demanding its rightful dues from the federal government.

This dissatisfaction comes on the heels of previous criticisms by CM Gandapur, who recently warned the federal government of a strong reaction if it did not provide a specific timeline for addressing KP’s core issues.

These issues include the payment of dues, new taxes, promised funds for law and order, load shedding, and special funds for tribal areas.

CM Gandapur has been vocal about the province’s grievances, emphasizing the need for timely resolution of these issues to ensure fair treatment and adequate support for KP’s development.

The KP government’s recent outcry highlights ongoing tensions between the provincial and federal administrations, with accusations of bias and neglect fueling the conflict.

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