Why PPP is not interested in changing NFC Award? PML-N ready to accept new NFC Award formula!

by Sarfraz Memon

Why PPP is not interested in changing NFC Award Formula, has been a question on many minds. If anyone of you is aware of any such effort by PPP, please share. I guess even Nawaz Sharif has realized this issue as a political asset, like judges issue, now bringing this issue to public hoping to win more hearts in Sindh.

25 May, 2009

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PML-N ready to accept new NFC Award formula

– Daily Dawn, Monday, 25 May, 2009 |

The PML-N is fully determined to fight for political rights of the people of Balochistan in the same spirit it has demonstrated during the movement for the restoration of deposed judges and independence of judiciary,’ said Sharif.

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-N is ready to accept a new formula for distribution of resources among federating units by considering factors other than population in the National Finance Commission Award.

PML-N chief and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said this while talking to Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) president Mehmood Khan Achakzai who called on him at the former’s Raiwind residence here on Sunday.

‘We do believe in reviewing the current distribution of natural resources among the four provinces,’ Sharif told his guest from Balochistan.

He said that as his party (PML-N) strongly advocated provincial autonomy as enshrined in the 1973 Constitution, it believed that distribution of resources between the federation and the federating units would soften their relationships as well as eliminate the chances of misunderstanding amongst the provinces.

Sharif, during his first tenure as the prime minister, had sacrificed Punjab’s share in water distribution bringing it down to Sindh’s share of 37 per cent and offering this sacrificed part to Balochistan and NWFP in the 1991 Water Apportionment Accord.

Talking about the ruthless killings of Baloch leaders, Sharif demanded the government hold an impartial, unbiased and independent judicial inquiry duly backed by a credible process. ‘An independent and unbiased judicial inquiry is the only way to heel the wounds of the people.

Both the leaders discussed the prevailing political situation in the country and agreed that the country was facing enormous problems and the only way to get rid of the worsening situation and to resolve the existing crises was to demonstrate national unity and develop a consensus across the country.

About the issues being faced by the people of Balochistan, the PML-N leader reiterated his party’s stance that it would extend its full support to the forces striving to achieve their political rights.

‘The PMLN is fully determined to fight for political rights of the people of Balochistan in the same spirit it has demonstrated during the movement for the restoration of deposed judges and independence of judiciary,’ he added.

Expressing his solidarity with the people of the restive province, Nawaz said: ‘Development process is inevitable to eradicate the sense of deprivation from the people but even the development becomes meaningless if the people are not granted their fundamental and political rights.’

Achakzai lauded the principled stance of the PML-N on the Balochistan issue. ‘Certainly, the strong message conveyed by the PML-N leader showing his solidarity with the people of Balochistan will prove to be a milestone towards strengthening the federation.’

He invited the former prime minister to visit Balochistan for bringing the province into the mainstream.

PML-N president and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and PkMAP secretary-general Akram Shah, a former senator, were also present on the occasion.

Pakistan: Caught in a jam

Caught in a jam

Courtesy: daily Dawn Editorial, Saturday, 22 Aug, 2009

The bloody revolution that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif often warns of may indeed come about if the powerful continue to flaunt their influence in an increasingly unseemly manner.

After former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family got stuck in a vehicular mess on a narrow bridge connecting Murree and Patriata, things moved extraordinarily fast. Mr Sharif called the chief secretary of Punjab who in turn sent his local minions rushing over to clear the traffic jam. Soon the vehicles were moving as smoothly as ever. A day later, 30 or so traffic officials were suspended for failing to ensure a smooth passage for Mr Sharif’s cavalcade.

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Sindh – NFC and Resource distribution

Resource distribution

By: ZULFIQAR HALEPOTO, Hyderabad, Sindh

Courtesy: daily Dawn, Saturday, 22 Aug, 2009

THE newly reconstituted National Finance Commission has been empowered to make recommendations on matters of sales tax on services (CE mode), examine the question of rationalisation of payment of royalties on crude oil and of surcharge on natural gas collected by the federal government and to develop a mechanism that can enforce fiscal discipline at federal and provincial levels.

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Culture wars

WASHINGTON DIARY: Culture wars
Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA


Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com

The Pakistan ruling elite had started creating a cultural vacuum by undermining indigenous cultures and languages. This was partly designed to eliminate diversity in order to create a homogeneous Islamic state

I couldn’t help listening in on a cooking programme my wife was watching on a Pakistani channel. The chef was giving a recipe for some Middle Eastern dish, something that didn’t come close to any cuisine from the subcontinent. Towards the end of the programme, my wife commented that she had been watching the programme for the entire month of Ramazan and the chef had been giving Arab recipes only. The cooking part of the show was followed by an Arabic hymn.

Was this evidence of a cultural invasion from the Middle East or of the Pakistani defeatist-inferiority complex? Do such Arab-centric programmes help Al Qaeda’s ideological penetration into Pakistan or are there other dimensions to this?

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