Reko Diq case: Supreme Court resumes hearing tomorrow
November 25, 2012
The Supreme Court will resume the hearing of identical petitions on Reko Diq mining lease to foreign companies from Monday after two-day break. A three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed will resume the hearing on November 26 on Reko Diq case filed by Dr Abdul Haq Baloch and others.
During last week’s hearings, the Supreme Court said that it would look into the legality of the Reko Diq leasing agreement between government and foreign companies. However, Khalid Anwar, the counsel for Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), argued that his client had invested substantial amount for mining copper and gold in the vicinity after acquiring a leasing licence.
Anwar also pleaded before the bench that TCC approached the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Tribunal to dispel the negative impression that it was robbing Balochistan of its mineral resources. ICSID Tribunal has reserved judgement over the Reko Deq dispute in London against the claim of TCC for mining lease license after hearing TCC counsels and a consortium of international lawyers of Balochistan government on November 6 this year.