KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that it is for the first time, in the 40 years that all the stakeholders have unanimously agreed on a multiple criteria for resource distribution among the provinces through the National Finance Commission (NFC). The credit for the new arrangements replacing the old one based on population basis went to the representatives of all the four provinces and the federation, who all agreed for the distribution of resources on four principles, said Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing a Press conference at the CM House here on Friday evening on his retune from Peshawar after attending the NFC meeting. These priciples, he said, were revenue collection/ generations, poverty, population and area. War against terror will be included as the fifth principle because every stakeholder is contributing to the fight against terrorism, he added. He said that it was the first meeting of NFC, adding that earlier the technical committees had been constituted to work out modalities giving due weight to the factors acceptable to the federating units. He said representatives of the four provinces had come up with different suggestions about horizontal and vertical distribution of resources and each of them would be reviewed and discussed at length. Qaim said that all the provinces, including Punjab, had shown flexibility and agreed to work out a multi-factor formula. He said that various options regarding distribution of resources between the centre and the provinces had been discussed. The federation believes in making financially strong federating units mean strong federation, he said. The Sindh chief minister said tha ttalks on the NFC award were heading towards a positive conclusion. Qaim, who was flanked by Sindh Ministers Syed Ali Nawaz Shah and Pir Mazharul Haq, without naming severely criticized Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, former caretaker chief minister, said that those who were talking against the incumbent government had sold out the interest of Sindh by signing NFC in 1997. He claimed that during second tenure of Benazir Bhutto government in 1996 the share of the provinces was fixed 80 percent while federal share was 20 percent. However, in 1997 the share of the federal government was increased to 62.5 percent and provinces share was decreased by 37.5 percent which cause Rs385 billion losses to the provinces and Sindh had also suffered Rs88 billion losses, he added.