Finance Minister Sirajul Haq may have delivered the address, but the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa budget had Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf economic wizard Asad Umar’s fingerprints all over it. The message from the PTI appears to be clear: they meant it when they said they planned to focus on governance.
Budgets in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have historically been a litany of complaints against the federal government, followed by a recitation of numbers that, frequently, even the provincial finance ministers found tedious, boring and difficult to understand. Not this time: the PTI-led Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government delivered their first governing document and made sure to lay out their strategy for the development of the province and connect it to their spending decisions, as laid out in the numbers.

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