Govt accepts key demands to woo PPP ahead of crucial budget session

Govt accepts key demands to woo PPP ahead of crucial budget session


PPP will get development funds and have say in transfers and postings

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LAHORE (Dunya News) - The government on Sunday accepted all the demands of the Pakistan Peoples Party regarding the concerns related to development funds and share in the governmental committees in Punjab. 

In this regard, the power-sharing formula between the PML-N and the PPP has been made public. 

According to sources, the PPP would be given development funds while the party would also be accommodated in key administrative offices in Punjab. 

The PML-N would get some power in all districts of Sindh obviously without becoming a part of the cabinet. 

It should be noted that the demands of the PPP have also emerged in the agreement. 

The PPP has asked for a share in the government departments while also demanding representation in the market committees, zakat committees and Baitul Maal committees. 

Meanwhile, the PPP has also claimed share in the development fund and projects, and also put forward its points to take the notice of its concerns regarding transfers and postings in Punjab. 

The dialogue committees of both parties met in Islamabad. From the PPP, Raja Parvez Ashraf, Ali Haider Gilani and Hassan Murtaza participated while Malik Ahmed Khan, Rana Sanaullah and Khawaja Saad Raffique joined the session from the PML-N side.

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Earlier, the dialogue between the PML-N and PPP proved successful. 

The PPP conveyed a positive signal by participating in the budget session while the PML-N had also assured it of alleviating its concerns.

Sources said the PPP could announce support for the ruling PML-N in the approval of the finance bill by June 24 as PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto would address the assembly on the said date to talk about the budget details.

It has also been reported that the prime minister would also participate in the budget speech of the PPP chairman.

The PPP, it appeared, had grievances regarding being ignored in the allocated PSDP share in Punjab while also it pointed out concerns regarding the transfers and postings of the provincial bureaucracy.

The PPP’s support is vital to the coalition government led by the PML-N, without which the government can’t pass the budget or move any legislation in parliament thanks to a divided mandate produced by the Feb 8 elections.