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Balochistan rich in mineral and natural resources: Wattoo.

ISLAMABAD, July 17, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Federal Minister for Industries and Production Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that Balochistan has rich in mineral and natural resources like marble and granite and the government is committed to explore them for development of Balochistan province. The federal minister said that Ministry of Industries and production has already taken initiative through Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) which has established a model quarry at Khuzdar and two projects of quarry up gradation in Mastung towards provincial development. He was addressing a gathering on inauguration of PASDECs two joint venture projects of quarrying at Dasht District Mastung on Friday. He added that government has focused its attention to eliminate discrimination with Balochistan starting developmental projects in the province. Among others Federal Minister for Livestock Hamayun Kurd, Federal Secretary Ministry of Industries and Production Shahab Khawaja, Provincial Minister for Finance, Provincial Minister for Industries, Joint Secretary Ministry of Industries and Production Amir Tariq Zaman and Chairman PASDEC Ihsan Ullah Khan were also present on the occasion. Earlier Chairman PASDEC Ihsan Ullah Khan briefed the Federal Minister for Industries and Production that PASDEC is successfully extracting marble square blocks by using modern machinery and technology from its first model quarry established at Naal (Khuzdar) a year ago and it is a great achievement of PASDEC towards development of marble and granite sector. He pointed out that PASDEC has preferred Balochistan to establish its major projects of quarrying and processing and the two current quarry up-gradation projects will play a vital role in the developmental efforts towards regional developments.

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Date:Jul 17, 2009
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