ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party leader Senator Sherry Rehman Friday said that the PPP will not accept any cut in the National Finance Commission award for the provinces.

In a statement, she said: “The PPP will not accept unconstitutional cuts by the federal government in the NFC.”

This week, the government announced that the erstwhile Federally Administrated Tribal Areas will get three percent share under the National Finance Commission Award. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the share of the provinces will be reduced to facilitate the FATA people.

Sherry Rehman said such cuts were not possible without a constitutional amendment. “Setting up task forces under the supervision of a Governor, who is an arm of the executive is a roadblock on provincial autonomy,” she contended.

Separately yesterday, PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar asked the government to consult constitution as the share of provinces in the NFC award cannot be slashed.

Senator Khokhar, spokesperson to PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said that Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf-led government should stop thinking about meddling with 18th amendment of the constitution and NFC award.

In a statement, he said that playing with provincial autonomy and their financial rights amount to threatening the federation.  “Country is already suffering badly due to mismanagement of PTI government and is passing through the worst economic crisis,” he added.

The people who supported PTI which promised ‘New Pakistan’ are disappointed with the PTI government and demanding the ‘old Pakistan’ and their return journey is about to begin, Senator Khokhar said.