CCI agrees on legislation for delimitation of constituencies

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Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI) on Monday and agreed for early legislation for delimitation of constituencies.
The government acknowledged right of the opposition parties to have results of sixth census reaffirmed.
All four provincial chief ministers participated in the meeting along with members of the federal government.
Sources privy to the government have claimed that National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ayaz Sadiq telephoned senior members of political parties to take them into confidence regarding the constitutional amendment.
He maintained that a solution to issues through the parliament would benefit all, and hoped that other parties would show a responsible behaviour.
The CCI meeting witnessed another important development as finance minister Ishaq Dar was removed as a member by President Mamnoon Hussain on PM Abbasi’s recommendation, and a formal notification was issued in this regard.
Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal replaced Dar in the CCI bench to represent the federal government. It should be noted here that Dar is presently in London and is undergoing heart treatment.
The meeting also approved the proposal for refinancing of the loan for Wah Brass Mills Up gradation Project.
On exemption of Taxes and Duties (Gas Infrastructure Development Projects of Large Diameter Pipelines) relating to Petroleum Division, the matter was referred back for discussion among the Finance Division, FBR and Petroleum Division to sort out issues that need to be brought before the ECC in its next meeting.
On Removal of Anomalies and Mismatch in Withholding Income Tax and Input / Output Sales Tax on LNG / RLNG Transactions, it was decided that the stakeholders would further deliberate the issue and come up with the workable solutions including the proposal for legislation if required.
The meeting also approved additional agenda item regarding Provision of Guarantee for Issuance of letter of Credits by Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL) upto US$ 150 million in favour of LNG suppliers.