KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM Parvaiz Khattak alleged the federal government for steeling the electricity of their provinces. They further said the federal government never consulted them while framing development projects.

The Chief Ministers stated this while talking to media persons at the CM House here on Sunday.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah said when the federal government turned its face from the problems of provincial governments and failed to fulfil its responsibilities people, the provinces and the political parties have constitutional right to stage protest. He said the people are demanding development works from the provincial governments; they come out onto the streets and stage sit-in even at the gate of CM House.

"We deal them decently but it is quite surprising that the federal government neither consults provincial governments while working out development programmes nor gives them due financial share from the divisible pool," he added.

Talking about the Sindh's share in NFC, Syed Qaim Ali Shah deplored that the federal government was reluctant to convene the CCI meetings and when the meeting is called the agenda of the meeting is set unilaterally by the federal government.

KP Chief Minister Parvaiz Khatak said that the federal government was stealing 500 MW of his province.

They (Centre) are also stealing 1000 MW of Sindh but "I have taken up this issue with the federal government and now it is the turn of the Sindh government to fight out its case with the them (Centre)," he said and added that the 100 MMCF gas of his province was being denied for which he had agreed the federal government.

Qaim said that 17 to 18 hours loadshedding was conducted in interior areas of Sindh.

"We have written lot of letters to the federal government but all our letters, protests and complaints have fallen flat on their ears," he said and added that during his visit to Khairpur, Larkana and Sukkur, the people told him that Wapda authorities have sent the cases of recovery from residential consumers to the NAB.

"This is quite painful. On the one hand they claim inflated bills from the residential consumers and on the other hand, they are harassing the consumers through the NAB.”

Replying to a question, Qaim said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had come to attend the funeral prayer of legendary Abdul Sattar Edhi.

He had not come to talk to him and when he left for Lahore he did not know. "When he will come to talk to us definitely we would talk to him," he said.

To a question, both the chief ministers unanimously said that Kalabagh Dam was a dead issue. The federal government sometimes tries to raise this issue so that it could turn public attention from genuine issues. Both the chief ministers urged the federal government to attribute the new under construction Islamabad airport in the name of Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Earlier, CM Parvez Khattak along with the KP Assembly Speaker, MNA Arif Alvi, Haleem Adil Shaikh, Sindh PTI PMA Sherzaman and others held a meeting with Qaim in which certain issues like urging the federal government to convene a CCI meeting and developing consensus on NFC Award and distribution of electricity and proper share of the provinces in PSDP were discussed.