SLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday handed over the gold mining license issue of Reko Diq to the government of Balochistan, DawnNews reported. The decision was made after the consent of the parties concerned.
A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Mohammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani is hearing a petition challenging the award of a mining lease to Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) — a Canadian-Chilean consortium of Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals — for exploring gold and copper in Reko Diq, a small desert town in Chaghai district of Balochistan.
All parties accepted the decision of the three-member bench to empower the government of Balochistan to decide on the issue of licensing for mining in Reko Diq.
The court also directed that the Balochistan government’s decision should be submitted in the Supreme Court’s registrar office.
Moreover, the court has decided to adjourn all applications pertaining to the case so that in case of any disagreements from a future decision of the Balochistan government, the parties can contact the apex court again.
The court then adjourned the case’s hearing to an unspecified date. — DawnNews