Hafeez Shaikh removed from NFC

Hafeez Shaikh removed from NFC

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Islamabad: On Wednesday, the federal government withdrew from the National Financial Commission (NFC) the position of Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, adviser to the Prime Minister of Finance and Taxation.

According to detailed information, the Attorney General has filed a new notice regarding the establishment of NFC at the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Moreover, plea of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khurrum Dastgir against NFC formation has been dismissed. 

As early as May 19, 2020, PML-N challenged the establishment of the 10th National Financial Commission in the High Court of Islamabad.

The petition states that the responsibility for the fair distribution of financial resources between the federal and the provinces lies with NFC. According to the notice from the Department of Finance, the President of Pakistan formed an 11-member committee on April 23.

According to the PML-N petition, it is necessary to consult with the governor before including the financial adviser and the financial secretary, but the notice does not mention any conversation with the governor.

The petition states that the appointment of members shall not violate the procedures stipulated in Article 160 of the Constitution.

The confession stated that in the absence of the Minister of Finance, the financial adviser has the right to preside over the meeting, but according to the law, in the absence of the Minister of Finance, NFC’s actions are unconstitutional and have no effect.

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