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PM assuages allies' concerns over Reko Diq - Pakistan - DAWN.COM - DAWN.com

Last updated Friday, December 23, 2022 23:05 ET , Source: TopWireNews

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ISLAMABAD: All grievances being expressed by some parties in the ruling coalition over the recent legislation about the Reko Diq copper and gold project will be addressed.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held out this assurance during a meeting with Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F emir Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday.
Two components of the ruling PDM coalition — JUI-F and Balochistan National Party-Mengal — have shown displeasure over the bill recently passed by the National Assembly regarding the Reko Diq project.
Leaders of these parties, who are members of the federal cabinet, even left a recent cabinet meeting to record their protest.
According to the Prime Minister Office, Maulana Fazl called on the prime minister along with a delegation that included Minister for Communication Asad Mehmood.
Current political situation, particularly the ongoing political war in Punjab, also came under discussion during the meeting.
A source told Dawn the prime minister apprised the JUI-F leaders that he had formed a cabinet committee to resolve their grievances and that an amendment bill would soon be tabled in parliament in consultation with them.
The JUI-F was of the view that the Reko Diq-related Foreign Investment (Promotion and Protection) Bill, 2022, recently passed by the Senate, was against the rights of the people of Balochistan and that the two parties had not been taken on board when the bill was drafted.
According to the source, PM...



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