SC to announce judgement in Reko Diq case on Jan 7


A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, will announce a short judgement in the Reko Diq lease case on January 7, 2013.
The Supreme Court reserved its judgement on December 21 after counsel of all petitioners and respondents completed their arguments.
A number of identical petitions were filed in the court against the lease of gold and copper mines in Reko Diq, Chaghi District, to the Tethyan Copper Company (TCC).
Khalid Anwar, counsel for the TCC, defended the lease deal reached between the company and the Balochistan government. The TCC also invoked the jurisdiction of the International Chambers for Commerce and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes against the Government of Pakistan for not renewing the prospective Reko Diq minerals licence in accordance with Balochistan Mining Rules 2002.