Senator slams government for giving Reko Diq project to Saudi Arabia

National Party Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo, said the federal government does not have the right to hand over projects such as Reko Diq to Saudi Arabia since these projects fall under the Balochistan government’s jurisdiction.

“You are trying to turn Balochistan into a conflict zone,” Bizenjo who served as Minister for Ports and Shipping in previous government, said. He announced that the National Party will hold an hour-long sit-in outside the Senate every day until the government explains how these decisions were made.
Last week, the government of Saudi Arabia signed three grant agreements with Pakistan to finance three road infrastructure and energy projects under the CPEC. “These agreements have been inked in line with the understanding reached during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia,” Information Minis­ter Fawad Chaudhry had said at the time.
The information minister had also told the media that more agreements would be inked this week when a high-level Saudi delegation visits Pakistan.
The accords will be related to Reko Diq’s gold and copper mines and the oil refinery at Gwadar Port, Chaudhry had said, adding the delegation would comprise the Saudi investment team, minister for petroleum and minister for energy.”> 

Speaking on the issue in the upper house of Pakistan’s bicameral parliament, Baloch Senator taunted the Imran Khan-led PTI government, saying: “Is there no one in the Balochistan government or the province to take such decisions? Does the government not know about the dispute between Iran [which borders Balochistan] and Saudi Arabia?” he asked.
“You are trying to turn Balochistan into a conflict zone,” Bizenjo who served as Minister for Ports and Shipping in previous government, said. He announced that the National Party will hold an hour-long sit-in outside the Senate every day until the government explains how these decisions were made.
Last week, the government of Saudi Arabia signed three grant agreements with Pakistan to finance three road infrastructure and energy projects under the CPEC. “These agreements have been inked in line with the understanding reached during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia,” Information Minis­ter Fawad Chaudhry had said at the time.
The information minister had also told the media that more agreements would be inked this week when a high-level Saudi delegation visits Pakistan.
The accords will be related to Reko Diq’s gold and copper mines and the oil refinery at Gwadar Port, Chaudhry had said, adding the delegation would comprise the Saudi investment team, minister for petroleum and minister for energy.

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