Reko Diq MoU: Balochistan opposition demands in-camera briefing
Opposition leader in Balochistan Assembly, Malik Sikandar Khan Advocate addressing a press conference on Monday: Photo provided by Ashraf Tareen

Reko Diq MoU: Balochistan opposition demands in-camera briefing

Syed Ali Shah :

QUETTA: Balochistan opposition has demanded an in-camera briefing regarding what they claimed a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) about the Reko Diq project. “We are hearing reports about Reko Diq MoU signing tomorrow”, Malik Naseer Shahwani, the parliamentary leader of the Balochistan National Party (Mengal) told a news conference.

Opposition leaders in Balochistan Assembly, Malik Sikandar Advocate, Akhtar Hussain Langove, Akbar Hussain Mengal, Younas Aziz, and others were also present on the occasion. The opposition lawmakers demanded an increase in the share of the province in the multi-billion dollars gold and copper project located in the Chaghi district of Balochistan.

Bizenjo leaves for Islamabad to witness MoU ceremony: Opposition claims

Malik Sikandar Advocate claimed Chief Minister Balochistan, Quddus Bizenjo has left for Islamabad to witness the MoU signing ceremony in Islamabad. “CM had to take the opposition into confidence regarding the MoU”, the opposition leader said.

The opposition lawmakers lamented that CM Balochistan has not consulted the opposition regarding the proposed MoU about the multi-billion dollar Reko Diq project. The opposition has made its complaint public against Chief Minister Mir Quddus Bizenjo for the first time since assuming the charge.

“We will not support the CM if he compromises over the rights”

“We will not support the CM if he comprises over the rights of people of Balochistan”, Akhtar Hussain Langove stated. He said the Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (F) and BNP Mengal senators and MNAs would also take up the issue of Reko Diq in the national assembly and senate of Pakistan.

“We will also take up the MoU issue in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)“, Mr. Langove stated. The opposition legislators noted that Reko Diq was constitutionally a provincial subject after the 18th amendment.

The opposition has announced to oppose the MoU if the government failed to take it on board.

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