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  • Provinces announce easing lockdown even as Pakistan witnesses record rise in coronavirus cases

    The premier, who had announced the decision after a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) attended by the chief ministers of the four provinces, had acknowledged that the lockdown was being eased "at a time when our curve is going up" but maintained that "it is not edging up as we were expecting...

    ”The trend continued on Friday, with the country recording 1,807 cases of Covid-19 from the three provinces of Punjab,...

  • Provinces’ support sought for water pricing mechanism

    ISLAMABAD: The federal government and its agencies sought on Thursday support of the provinces to introduce a proper pricing mechanism for all kinds of water uses as a policy instrument to fill the demand-supply gap in water infrastructure and supplies...

    He said Pakistan’s water crisis was much bigger than energy crisis and it required greater attention by all...

  • Provinces ‘ignore’ Centre’s proposed amendments to LG laws

    Federal minister and convener of a sub-committee of the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms, Zahid Hamid, told reporters after a board meeting here on Tuesday that the provinces have not yet responded to the proposed amendments despite repeated reminders...

    He added that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been asked to once again seek response from the provinces...

  • Provinces drive deficit out of hand

    Financially devolved and powerful provinces have started to drive the country’s fiscal deficit out of hand...

    The provinces had promised to take effective steps to help raise the tax-to-GDP ratio to 15 per cent in five years under the 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) award...

  • Provinces oppose the way Centre divides gas firms

    While the provinces generally agree on the need to reform the gas sector in view of rising shortfalls, they unanimously oppose the reforms in the manner proposed by the federal government...

    Punjab needs to have secure sources of gas supply even though it has negligible indigenous production and wants to retain existing supplies flowing from other provinces while also looking to bank on expensive imports at the cost of its industrial...

  • Diverting gas from Sindh to other provinces 'unconstitutional', says CM Shah

    Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday termed the diversion of gas produced in Sindh to other provinces as unconstitutional and said it incurred heavy financial losses to the province...

    Presiding over a session convened to prepare for the meeting of Council of Common Interests, which will be held in Islamabad on Friday, the chief minister said that out of the 2,800 million cubic feet per day (MCFD) gas produced by...

  • Provinces seek real time access to oil, gas, power data

    ISLAMABAD: The provinces have sought real time access to data on production of oil, gas and electricity in the country to ascertain their equitable share in consumption and revenue calculation under a transparent and verifiable mechanism...

    The federal government has agreed to discuss the issue with the provinces and is calling back to back meetings of the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC) and the Council of Common...

  • Provinces call for devolution of gas sector as per 18th Amendment

    ISLAMABAD: The provinces on Thursday rejected oil and gas regulatory reforms proposed by the federal government on the advice of the World Bank, and, instead, demanded a greater role for them in the exploration and production of hydrocarbon resources...

    At a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the provinces, particularly Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, demanded that the proposed Pakistan Petroleum Exploration...

  • Real-time access to fuel, power data for provinces approved

    ISLAMABAD: The Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC) on Monday directed the government entities to formulate a mechanism within three weeks for sharing real-time production data of oil, gas and electricity with the provinces and ensure timely payments of net hydel profit (NHP) to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab...

    The federal government agreed that it will share the available data of oil, gas and electricity production...

  • Senate body on devolution says Centre ‘usurping’ provinces’ rights

    QUETTA: The Senate Functional Committee on Devolution has expressed concern over the establishment of devolved ministries with other names at the federal level, describing the practice as unconstitutional and an attempt to usurp the provinces’ rights...

    A joint communiqué issued after the seminar said that only democracy and the federal system of government could ensure a stable Pakistan; at the same time, the Constitution guaranteed...

  • Provinces demand for census financing rejected

    ISLAMABAD: The government has rejected a demand by three provinces to fully finance from the federal budget more than Rs18 billion spent on the National Population Census-2017...

    The three provinces also questioned the minutes of the CCI meeting held on March 15, 2015...

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