The Supreme Court on Monday resumed the hearing in the Reko Diq case.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the case constituting of identical petitions filed against the federal government’s decision to lease out gold and copper mines in Reko Diq in Balochistan’s Chaghai district to foreign companies.
During the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar directed the Balochistan government to provide evidence with respect to its stance, adding that, whosoever had violated the law would have to pay for the wrongdoing.
Moreover, Advocate-General Balochistan Amanullah Kanrani concluded his arguments in the case.
Kanrani said the law did not allow the awarding of mining lease to the TCC.
Moreover, Ahmer Bilal Sufi, counsel for the Balochistan government, began his arguments.
Soofi told the bench that land had not been specifically allotted in the Reko Diq agreement.
Responding to which, Justice Gulzar inquired whether Soofi was claiming that the agreement was bogus.
In his remarks, Chief Justice Iftikhar said the agreement, in its spirit, did not ratify a mining license but simply agreed to the filing of a request for that purpose.