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Ahsan Iqbal to replace Ishaq Dar at CCI meeting today

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal will represent finance department in th meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) will be held today to discuss the results of the provisional census conducted this year.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair the meeting, which is attended by the four provincial chief ministers as well as the federal ministers for inter-provincial coordination, industries and production, and finance.

The federal government issued a notification on Monday to replaces Ishaq Dar as he was in London, with Ahsan Iqbal to fill the vacant seat of Dar in the CCI meeting.

The CCI meeting, earlier scheduled at noon, will now take place around 4pm.

Sindh claims it was undercounted in the new census, whereas the federal government rejects the charge.

Parliamentary parties have failed to agree, despite several meetings, over the new delimitation of constituencies for the National Assembly.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which is the ruling party in Sindh, demanded in the meetings that the matter must be resolved in a meeting of the CCI.

However, despite the deadlock, all political parties represented in Parliament are in agreement that the next elections should not be delayed.

By that formula, the seats in NA from Sindh and FATA were to remain the same, whereas those Punjab would decrease by nine. Thus, Balochistan would get three more NA seats, Islamabad one and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five.


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