The two-day meeting of the National Finance Commission (NFC) will begin today amid tight security and high hopes for the acceptance of the NWFPs arguments for the horizontal resource distribution among the provinces and inclusion of cost-of-conflict in the Federal Divisible Pool. Governor State Bank of Pakistan Syed Salim Raza will brief the meeting on investment, development and expenditure in the provinces and the fiscal matters within the parameters of the NFC. The NFC meeting, being held in the provincial metropolis, has great significance in so many respects as the province is facing a full-scale war in its districts bordering the volatile tribal areas, where military operation and activities are in progress in South Waziristan, Mohmand and Bajaur tribal regions. Federal Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin will chair the meeting that would positively be attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Balochistan Finance Minister Mir Muhammad Asim Kurd, NWFP Finance Minister Mohammad Humayun Khan, Punjab Finance Minister Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, NWFP Member Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel, Kaiser Bengali from Sindh, Ghafoor Mirza from the Punjab and Gulfraz Ahmed from Balochistan. The meeting is being held at the comparatively secured and protected Governor House for security reasons. The NWFP at the very first meeting of the Commission held in Islamabad on August 27-28 raised the issues of its role as a frontline region in the fight against the militancy, cost of conflict, displacements from troubled areas and refugees.