Sadaat clan blames Mushar­raf for Reko Diq deal

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Ru­bina Shah Noah­tani, a fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Syed Balanoshi Noah­tani Sadaat tribe, in­hibit­ing the Chaghi district of Balochis­tan province, on Mon­day vig­or­ously con­tended be­fore the Supreme Court that former pres­i­dent gen­eral re­tired Pervez Mushar­raf had played havoc with the province pre­cious re­sources by reach­ing uni­lat­eral agree­ments with for­eign com­pa­nies like Reko Diq min­ing lease.

She was ap­pear­ing be­fore a three- mem­ber bench of Chief Jus­tice Iftikhar Muham­mad Chaudhry, Jus­tice Gulzar Ahmed and Jus­tice Sh. Az­mat Saeed on the pend­ing is­sue of grant of min­ing lease over ex­plo­ration of gold and cop­per re­serves in the Reko Diq area.

In re­sponse to a per­mis­sion granted by the bench to hear her brief con­tentions, she, in her ex­tem­pore ad­dress, said that the for­eign com­pany Tethyan Cop­per Com­pany (TCC) had caused se­vere threat to the wild life and cre­ated en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards in the last 20 years with us­age of lethal cyanide gas dur­ing the chem­i­cal process.

Ru­bina said the Noah­tani tribe con­sisted 25,000 tribes­men, shar­ing the pre­cious metal rich area and de­manded that they should be given roy­alty and com­pen­sa­tion.

She said that the tribe had 600 years old doc­u­ments record of the land but the Mushar­raf's regime had reached an agree­ment with the for­eign com­pany, ig­nor­ing the prob­lems of lo­cal com­mu­nity. She claimed that TCC have cap­tured 10,000 acre of land of their an­ces­tors.

She said that they were not against the devel­op­ment of the area but the agree­ment should be ex­e­cuted by in­volv­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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