Reko Diq to liberate Pakistan from 'crippling debt', says PM Imran

Imran says $10b dollars to be invested in Balochistan, promises 8,000 jobs


News Desk March 20, 2022
Empty trailers for housing workers at the site of the gold and copper mine exploration project of Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) are seen in this undated photo in Reko Diq, in Balochistan, Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that $10 billion is being invested in Balochistan for the Reko Diq project, which will create 8,000 jobs.

The premier took to his official Twitter handle to congratulate the nation and the people of Balochistan on a “successful agreement” with Barrick Gold – a mining company – for the development of the Reko Diq mine.

According to PM Imran, the agreement came after 10 years of legal battles and negotiations.

“[A] penalty of $11 billion is offset”, he said.

Imran said Reko Diq will be the largest gold and copper mine in the world, adding that it would liberate us from 'crippling debt'.

According to sources, a new agreement was signed by representatives of the federal government and Balochistan with a delegation of Barrick Gold led by Chief Executive Dr Mark Bristow. As per the terms of the new agreement, the Reko Diq project shall be revived and developed by Barrick Gold in partnership with Pakistani entities.

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50% of the new project’s shares will be owned by Barrick Gold, while the remaining shares shall be owned by Pakistan, divided equally between the federal government and the provincial government of Balochistan.

The federal government’s shares of 25% shall be divided equally amongst three state-owned entities (SOE), namely Oil & Gas Development Corporation Limited (OGDCL), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), and Government Holdings Pakistan Limited (GHPL).

The Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) office, especially International Disputes Unit Head Additional Attorney-General (AAG) Ahmed Irfan Aslam, mainly negotiated the Reko Diq deal. AAG Ahmed Irfan had earlier successfully negotiated the deal in the Karkey case, in which Pakistan faced a billion-dollar fine.

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