ISLAMABAD - After the deadlock in negotiations between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf over the probe of alleged rigging in 2013 general elections, the fate of Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting has again slipped into disarray, which would result into delay in the settlement of important issues between the federal and provincial governments.

Once again Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa would not attend the meeting as decided at the PTI meeting, sources aware of the development informed The Nation Wednesday.

Even before starting his long march and sit-in, PTI leadership had decided not to attend any meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and since the PM is the chairman of the CCI, so  the meeting could not take place since June last year.

The calling off of sit-in and reopening of negotiations between PML-N and PTI did revive the hope for early CCI meeting, but the deadlock in the negotiations had poured water on it with no chance of CCI meeting in near future, a source in the ruling PML-N informed.

The CCI meeting was last held on May 29, and since then the meeting was deferred thrice because the KP CM had refused to attend the meeting and without the presence of all the four chief ministers the CCI meeting could not take any decision.

The sources said that important matters relating to the devolution of ministries and assets distribution to the provinces under the 18th Constitutional Amendment required settlement but matter was in limbo because the CCI could not hold the meeting.

The sources said that the government wanted to hold census across the country, mandatory for delimitation of the constituencies and preparation of fresh voter lists, but again the KP CM, on the direction of his party chairman, flatly refused to attend any official meeting called by the prime minister.

The matter of holding fresh census in the country, long overdue, was on the agenda list of the last CCI meeting but the matter was deferred for the next meeting on the request of Balochistan Chief Minister who had expressed his government’s inability to carry out the exercise in his province owing to poor law and order situation.

These sources added that right now the issues like payment of royalty of power generation, settlement of pending matters after the devolution of power and holding of fresh population census and holding of local bodies elections across the four provinces needed to be addressed.

These sources said that the deferment of CCI meeting would also cost the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa dearly as they had important issues including the royalty of power generation, settlement of financial matters relating to the devolution of a number of ministries and divisions to provinces under the 18th Amendment, holding of fresh census and local bodies elections unsettled.

It is interesting to note that a month back Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa attended the meeting on polio chaired by Prime Minister just to avoid the criticism on the party both at local and international level.

Similarly, after Peshawar School attack even PTI Chairman Imran Khan along with Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa and other senior party leaders had attended a couple of all parties meetings held under the chair of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, so the boycott of CCI meeting on the ground that PTI would not participate in any meeting to be chaired by Premier Sharif carries no weight, a senior PML-N leader commented.

He further said that Premier Sharif has called the meeting of all the four chief ministers next week to discuss the implementation on National Action Plan on counter-terrorism and they would see whether Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa would attend it or not.

The PTI sources said that the party leadership was divided over the issue as some of the senior party leaders were of the view that the Chief Minister KPK must attend the CCI meeting to plead the case of the province while there were also some voices against his participation in the meeting.