ISLAMABAD - Besides deliberating on provincial governments’ concerns over the LNG import policy, the Council of Common Interests is likely to take up on Friday the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s reservations about the third-party audit of census blocks. The CCI meeting under the chair of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be participated by chief ministers all provinces and federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Riaz Pirzada and Murtaza Jatoi.

On the floor of the House, the prime minister had assured the MQM-P to address their reservations in the next CCI meeting after MQM-P chief Farooq Sattar had requested the federal government for a third party audit of five percent of census blocks.

Sources said that the MQM-P had conditionally agreed (with the government) to vote for the constitutional amendment regarding delimitation of constituencies.

“The MQM-P had supported the constitutional amendment after the party was assured to meet its demand for the audit of five percent of census blocks of Urban Sindh,” the sources said.

Earlier, Sattar had also tweeted: “We hope that a transparent audit takes place for the stable future of Pakistan”.  The MQM-P has repeatedly expressed its reservations about the 6th population census results in and outside the Parliament.

On Thursday, the Lower House of Parliament adopted the constitutional amendment about the fresh delimitation of constituencies on the basis of the 6th population census’ provisional results. The Senate has yet to pass the constitutional amendment.

The CCI meeting will also discuss the post-devolution status of the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution, the Workers Welfare Fund, the National Water Policy etc. The CCI may also dispose of all the decisions taken up at the recently held meeting of the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee.