Reko Diq case: Supreme Court tells lawyer to finish arguments today
November 14, 2012
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry adjourned the hearing of the Reko Diq case on Tuesday, directing the petitioners” lawyer to conclude his arguments and submit a written reply on Wednesday (today). The bench resumed the hearing of identical petitions filed against the federal government”s decision to lease out gold and copper mines in Reqo Dik in Balochistan”s Chagai district to foreign companies.
During the proceedings, Raza Kazim, the counsel for petitioner Maulana Abdul Haq Baloch, urged the court to direct the authorities concerned to revisit Balochistan”s mining rules, contending that the existing rules had been framed by lawyers of the Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), instead of the provincial government. Raza Kazim noted that the agreement with the TCC was void ab initio, adding that the International Court of Arbitration could not decide the legal status of the Reko Diq agreement.
Admonishing the Deputy Attorney-General over non-production of relevant record of the Balochistan government in the instant matter, the Chief Justice wondered why the province”s top legal officer was not looking into the issue. He remarked that this lack of interest by Balochistan”s Advocate-General indicated a lack of interest of the provincial government in the matter. Later, the bench was adjourned the hearing of the case till November 14.