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SC wants Reko Diq parties to settle issue


The Supreme Court proposed on Tuesday that the respondents in the Reko Diq copper and gold project case should handle the issue of mining lease with mutual understanding.
When a bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Mohammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani resumed hearing the case, the chief justice remarked that a verdict of the Balochistan High Court was a hurdle in the transparency of the lease and if the respondents agreed to handle the matter with mutual cooperation the court could nullify it.
Khalid Anwar, the counsel for the Chilean Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), said the company had “invested billions of rupees in this project and the verdict of the BHC was also in our favour, so by nullifying it our interests would be affected”.
He argued that the mining lease should be awarded to the company he represented because it was already working on the project.
But, the chief justice said the mines were resources of the people and the elected representatives had the right to take a decision about the mining lease.
The court asked Mr Anwar to consult his client and inform the court about the outcome on Wednesday.

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