Punjab and KP demand the Centre to immediately disburse funds

The governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) requested the federal administration to guarantee quick delivery of money, heaping grievances on the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif-led government.

At a joint news conference in Lahore, Punjab’s finance minister Mohsin Leghari, flanked by KP’s finance minister Taimur Khan Jhagra and Punjab’s spokesperson Musarrat Jamshed Cheema, stated that the federal government had not yet provided Rs176 billion to the province.

In addition, the federal government has not given a health card premium, he noted.

In the past seven months, according to KP’s finance minister Jhagra, Rs120 billion have not been transferred, and Rs30 billion have been deducted from the budget of tribal people.

“Only Rs5 billion have been allocated to the tribal regions out of Rs55 billion.” All of Pakistan’s security is affected by reductions, he stated.

Several development projects have been halted due to the federal government’s refusal to release funds. “Lack of funds has worsened the situation in the tribal districts,” Jhagra said.

The minister added that despite the prime minister’s announcement of an Rs10 billion relief package for the flood-affected population, none of the province’s flood victims had received a single cent.

He demanded immediate funding from the federal government, citing financial difficulties. Jhagra stated that when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan became prime minister, he would be accountable for all four provinces.

Jhagra stated that this is the first time every province has complained about the government. He added that the federal government has allocated Rs16 billion to National Assembly members and Rs300 million to VIPs.

In addition, 30 billion rupees from the National Finance Commission Award have not been transferred, resulting in a loss of 60 billion rupees for KP.

According to the KP minister, the federal government’s policy will result in a loss of Rs200 billion.