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Javed Jabbar Resigns From NFC Amid Public Criticism

Amid widespread backlash against his nomination, Javed Jabbar has tendered his resignation as the non-statutory member representing Balochistan in the National Finance Commission (NFC).

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has termed Jabbar’s resignation a ‘sad event’.

Many had criticised his appointment over social media on the grounds of him not being from the province he was set out to represent. Some commentators also opined that Jabbar is not an expert on financial matters and that the province deserves to be represented by a person who can better contest Balochistan’s case.

Last month, the federal government  had formed the 10th National Finance Commission (NFC) with effect from April 23, 2020. Dr. Hafeez Sheikh, PM’s Adviser on Finance, will chair the commission and finance ministers of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan will be its members. Others who have been nominated to the NFC are Tariq Bajwa from the government of Punjab, Dr Asad Sayeed from Sindh, Musharraf Rasool Cyan from KP and Javed Jabbar as representative of the government of Balochistan.

Independent member of the National Assembly from Gwadar-Lasbela Mohammad Aslam Bhootani who also happens to be the PTI’s ally in the federal government, disapproved of Javed Jabbar’s nomination. He told reporters that he would challenge the decision in court.

“The chief minister did not find a single qualified person in 10.3 million population of Balochistan to plead Balochistan’s case in the NFC and protect interests of the province?”, he asked.

Activists and journalists also disagree with Jabbar’s nomination.



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