Staff Reporter :


QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly adopted a resolution about the Reko Diq project amid opposition parties’ protest on Saturday. The house adopted a resolution entrusting excise and other taxation powers to the federal government. The resolution was tabled by the parliamentary secretary, Rubaba Buledi about the Reko Diq project.
Component parties of the joint opposition including the Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (JUI) and Balochistan National Party (Mengal) staged a walkout from the house. “This is an attempt to usurp the resources of Balochistan”, Akhtar Hussain Langove, the opposition member from the Balochistan National Party (Mengal) said. Amid uproar in the house, the deputy speaker Balochistan Assembly, Sardar Babar Musakhail put the resolution for voting before the lawmakers.
Since there were only three or four opposition members, consequently, the house adopted the resolution and delegated the taxation powers to the federal government. The passage of this resolution has come two days after the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared the Reko Diq agreement legal. “SC judgment proved our principled stance about the Reko Diq project”, Mir Quddus Bizenjo, Chief Minister Balochistan said. Mr. Bizenjo said all political parties including the coalition partners and the opposition parties had supported the agreement with Barrick Gold Corporation (BGC).
“We oppose the passage of this resolution and it is an injustice to the people of Balochistan”, Malik Naseer Shahwani, the parliamentary leader of the BNP Mengal in the Balochistan Assembly told reporters after the session. He said the lawmakers were not informed about the tabling of the resolution in the Balochistan Assembly session.


  1. Lets see Punjabi Nationalist Government of PML N in Federation / Punjab Assembly make similar Taxation Laws for its Khewra Salt Mine, Pind Dadan Khan, Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan which it has made for Gold Mines of Reko Diq. Balochistan

  2. The Munafiqeens of Abdul Khel (D I Khan) Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (JUI F) support Federal Government in getting the Bills passed at Federation Level, opposes it at Provincial Level.

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