Sadaat clan blames Musharraf for Reko Diq deal
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.