Court: SC reserves verdict in Reko Diq case

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday reserved its verdict in the Reko Diq case after the parties concluded their
arguments.

Concluding his arguments, Khalid Anwar, counsel for Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) submitted that the court should keep in view all aspects, including the foreign investment, of the matter while deciding it. Abdul Hafeez Pirzada and Ahmer Bilal Sufi, counsels for BHP Company and Balochistan government respectively, had already concluded their arguments.

The Chief Justice noted that the case will be decided in accordance with the law and constitution of the land relying on the facts. The verdict will be announced on January 7. A set of identical petitions was filed against the federal government’s decision to lease out gold and copper mines in Reko Diq in Balochistan’s Chagai district to the TCC- a Canadian and Chilean consortium of Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals.

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