Balochistan affairs: SC moved against 'interference'
27 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court (SC) against the federal government for interfering in the domain of the Balochistan province "as the provincial government is only authority to grant the mining lease of copper and gold deposit in Reko Diq".
Baloch nationalist politician Sanaullah Baloch has moved the petition under Article 184 (3) of the constitution, making the Ministry of Petroleum secretary, the Ministry of Finance secretary, Balochistan chief secretary, the industrial and mineral development secretary and Balochistan Development Authority respondents in the case.
Raising objections over the prime minister's recent visit to China, the petitioner requested the SC to ask the federal government not to enter into any contract with respect to the property and development in Balochistan without the participation and express consent of Balochistan government.
He also pleaded the court to direct the Ministry of Petroleum secretary to provide the comprehensive report of terms of all international contract agreements and treaties with respect to the province of Balochistan executed by federal government since 1999. Sanaullah also prayed to constitute a judicial commission to investigate Balochistan's "missing money earned from gas, cooper, gold, mineral and marine".
"The Balochistan multi-billion cooper gold project, Saindak was gifted to a Chinese company without any transparency by Musharraf and had been extended by the Zardari regime for another five years without sharing a single clause of the agreement with the public or parliament. Not only has Balochistan's copper-gold been looted, the province's regime has also been allotted by the foreign office to Arab royals.