QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani has warned against bypassing his government while issuing the mining licence for the Reko Diq gold and copper project in Chaghi.
WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: Quietly, and below the media radar, some 20 top corporate bosses and lobbyists of two of the world’s largest gold mining groups have been meeting President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani, Governor State Bank and others in Islamabad throughout last week, pressing them to quickly hand over one of the world’s biggest gold and copper treasures found in Balochistan at Reko Diq, worth over $260 billion, to their companies, and for peanuts.
Sanaullah Baloch – CHILE’S remarkable rescue operation of 33 trapped miners enhanced the image of the country as a responsible state. Pakistan and Chile have many similarities — from copper and gold exploitation to a history of military rule, human rights violations and enforced disappearances.
“Come back in a decade and this place will look like Dubai,” a developer says. Or it could explode in ethnic violence, Kaplan says. “Gwadar is the litmus test; it is an indication of the stability of the whole Arabian Sea region.”
Work at Khushab III has forged ahead even as Pakistan struggles to cope with floods that have inflicted damage estimated at £27 billion–and amid mounting concerns over the long-term security of the strife-devastated country's nuclear arsenal.
Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani, has asked President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani to convene a high- level meeting to take final decisions on Reko Diq gold and copper project.