Pakistan slapped with $6 billion penalty in Reko Diq case

TCC won award in international arbitration after Supreme Court nullified its contract

Hasnaat Malik July 13, 2019
TCC won award in international arbitration after Supreme Court nullified its contract. REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

ISLAMABAD: The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has announced a massive $5.976 billion (Rs944.21 billion) award against Pakistan in the Reko Diq case, which is one of biggest in ICSID history.

The international tribunal on Friday issued a 700-page ruling against Pakistan in the Reko Diq case. Sources revealed to The Express Tribune that ICSID awarded a $4.08 billion penalty and $1.87 billion in interest. However, Pakistan has decided to challenge the award “very soon” by filing a revision application, sources said. The revision application may take two to three years to decide.

Pakistan awaits major verdicts with bated breath

Earlier, Tethyan Copper Company’s (TCC) management, the complainant whose contract was terminated, had claimed $11.43 billion in damages. In 2012, TCC filed claims for international arbitration before the ICSID of the World Bank after the Balochistan government turned down a leasing request from the company. The litigation has continued for seven years. Former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s verdict in the Reko Diq case was the first in a series of events that led to the massive award.

Pakistan makes final push for Reko Diq settlement

After the case was filed, Pakistan lost its first jurisdictional challenge, when the international tribunal said that it has the jurisdiction to adjudicate the Reko Diq matter. After that, the tribunal declared that there was no wrongdoing in the agreement – the grounds on which the Supreme Court of Pakistan terminated the deal in 2013 – and eventually, the tribunal held that Pakistan is liable to pay the damages.

The only remaining issue in the case was the final penalty on Pakistan, which has been now announced.

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reader | 11 months ago | Reply | Recommend all the people who removed musharraf... look what they've done to the country
Pakistani | 11 months ago | Reply | Recommend Pakistani state is on verge of economical collapse, Pakistan dont need to pay this ammount, better declare default then all outstanding loans will vanish
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