Gandapur Frozen Out: Sifc Snubs Controversial Minister At Critical Meeting

## Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government Condemns Exclusion of Chief Minister from SIFC Meeting

Islamabad, Pakistan – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has expressed strong disapproval over the federal government’s decision to exclude Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur from the upcoming Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) meeting scheduled for May 25, 2024.

### Accusations of Bias and Provincialism

KP government spokesperson Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led federal government of making “biased moves” and “pushing the country towards provincialism.” He asserted that the province would not accept any decisions regarding its fate without the participation of its chief minister.

### Criticism of Federal Government’s Neglect

Adviser to KP CM on Finance, Muzzammil Aslam, condemned the Centre’s decision as “malicious” and an “insult to the public mandate.” He accused the PM Office of neglecting the KP province and demanded a review of the decision.

Aslam highlighted that the province had not engaged in confrontation with the federal government, but had merely requested the fulfillment of its due payments and other commitments. He emphasized that the SIFC had failed to attract significant investments to the country in the past year and a half.

### Confirmation of Chief Minister’s Attendance

Despite the initial exclusion, Chief Minister Gandapur later confirmed that he had been invited and would represent the province at the SIFC meeting. This update suggests that the issue has been resolved and the KP government’s concerns have been addressed.

### Ongoing Infrastructure Projects in KP

In related news, Law Minister Shaukat Yousafzai informed the Senate that the KP government is currently implementing billions of rupees worth of communication projects. These projects include the construction of a dual carriageway connecting Kohat to Jand Road, aimed at improving connectivity within the province.