ISLAMABAD - A summary has been moved to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat to get approval for the next Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting to resolve some important matters concerning provinces.

“The Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC) after holding internal meeting has sent summary to the PM Secretariat to get time and approval from the prime minister,” sources in the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) told The Nation. The agenda of the next CCI meeting has almost been discussed in the IPCC meeting.

Some of the controversial matters will be resolved in the presence of the prime minister at the CCI meeting. The IPC Minister, Riaz Pirzada, when contacted, said that the CCI meeting could be held in the next week.

“Actually, after [confirmation of] the availability of the prime minister and all the chief ministers, the date will be finalised,” he said. The minister said that a summary had been moved to get time from Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to chair the meeting. Pirzada further said that the prime minister would soon give time to resolve the issues of the provinces. Abbasi, in a short span of time, will chair his second CCI meeting likely to be held next month.

To a question about unequal representation of smaller provinces in the CCI, the minister said that the matter of representation of provinces had amicably been resolved. “All the provinces are comfortable with the representation,” he said.

Prime Minister Abbasi, a couple of months ago, reconstituted the CCI, by reducing the representation of smaller provinces that is Balochistan and the KP, and gave overwhelming representation to the Punjab.

The restructuring in the body that reduced one member each from the KP and Balochistan invited criticism from the smaller provinces.  Under the notification issued, the eight-member council chaired by the PM has now four members from Punjab. Before the reconstitution, the CCI had two members each from the four provinces.