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In Generation of Peacemakers,Kaleem Shahzad

The world’s 5th biggest Gold Mine in Pakistan

Reko Diq is Pakistan’s largest gold mine and there are some amazing facts you might not know about it. It is the world’s 5th biggest Gold Mine. It has more than 56 million tons of Gold. It spreads over 100 kilometers. It is worth more than USD $2 Trillion.

RekoDiq is a remote location in the North-West of Chagai district. Chagai is a sparsely populated western desert province of Balochistan. It is mostly a low relief and thinly populated desert. The weather of Chagai ranges from very hot summers of 40-50°C to very cool winters of upto -10°C with less than 40 mm precipitation (winter rain and minor snow). It also exhibits periods of high wind and dust/sand storms which have a demobilizing impact on the local activities and trade. Access to the Chagai district is via the Zahidan – Quetta highway also known as the London Road.

It was leased to BHP, an Australian Company in 1994. BHP sold those mining rights to Thethyan Copper Company in 2004 as the company had rights to export every ounce of gold without involving State Bank of Pakistan or any other 3rd party. This company had captured 400 kilometers of area for mining. It was a non-auditable zone. It has copper and other natural reserves. It has the world’s 2nd largest reserve of Shale Gas (petrol alternative). It was given back to the Government of Baluchistan, Pakistan in 2013.

The corrupt politicians never care about the country, they are just filling their foreign accounts and building their mills. The Public of Pakistan needs to stand for a fair democratic government, which will establish a secular democratic system where every person can live a free life and Pakistan becomes a peaceful and prosperous country.

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