CCI defers notifying population census.


ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a long-due CCI meeting, yesterday expressed his resolve to amicably deal inter-related matters of provinces with consensus for the betterment of the country.

The CCI meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, holding a threadbare discussion on 16-point agenda constituted committees on some of the items to present reports in one month.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that all provinces would be given their fair share of funds. 'Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab would be given their fair share of the money,' the premier said, adding the government would resolve the complexities pertaining to the issue of funds' allotment.

The meeting, attended by chief ministers of four provinces, approved a draft bill for amendments to the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Policy 2012.

The meeting deferred the important agenda item related to notification of population census till next meeting. 'It has been decided to defer population census agenda till next meeting,' said Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, addressing a press conference after the CCI meeting.

To a question about PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's refusal to appear before NAB, Firdous said that nobody is above the law. 'Law cannot be challenged by anyone. His (Bilawal's) father had also once made such kind of statement but later went to jail and got bail on health grounds,' she said, mentioning that Bilawal has been trapped in two different statements about incumbent government. 'PPP has to get rid of corruption, otherwise it would have no roots even in Sindh province,' she remarked.

To a question about reservation of Sindh province on different matters, Firdous said there would be equal treatment to all the provinces including Sindh.

When asked about the arrest of PML-N MNA Ahsan Iqbal, Firdous said government has nothing to do with NAB. 'Government has no role behind the arrest of Ahsan Iqbal,' she said mentioning that government will follow rules and regulations on all the matters.

To a question about increasing polio cases in different parts of the country, Firdous said it was decided in the meeting to make Pakistan polio-free...

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