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QUETTA, February 22, 2011 (Balochistan Times): It was yet another feather in the cap of Pak Army after the establishment of the Education City in Dera Bugti and then the Sui Military College recently, in addition to the Balochistan Institute of Technical Education (BITE) and so many other initiative it took for development of Balochistan and well being of its people when the Kassa Hill Marble Project (KHMP) was launched in Loralai district on Monday with the aim at bringing prosperity to the area apart from being an excellent venture for marble enterprises. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was the chief guest at the launch of KHMP which has the marbles reserves of 432 million metric tons. He inaugurated the Project at a simple but an impressive ceremony that turned out to be a landmark when it comes to talk about significance of the multi-million dollars project. Chief Minister, Nawab Aslam Raisani, Commander Southern Command, Lt. General Javed Zia, Inspector General of Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan, Major General Ubaidullah Khan, provincial ministers, parliamentarians, tribal elders and other dignitaries, besides the high ranking military and civil officers were among those who attended the inaugural ceremony. Nevertheless the Pak Army played pivotal role in launch of the project by facilitating a landmark agreement that had reached between two clans of a tribe of Loralai in July last year guaranteeing fair distribution of income amongst the members of the tribe and will help in social sector development of the area and Balochistan thanks to the hectic efforts made by it (Army) together with the provincial government. It was because of the longstanding intra-tribe dispute that excavation of Kassa hills marble reserves located in Tehsil Bori of district Loralai could not be commenced earlier. And then the agreement signed by the elders of the tribe paved the way for launching of the project. It is on record that a number of meetings on the issue held by the officials of Pakistan Army with the stake holders after the requests in this regard were made to the Commander Southern Command by the Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani and the elders of the concerned Ali Zai tribe. The Pak Army particularly the Commander SC deserves much praise in this regard. Kassa hill marble reserves have significant economic potential including huge employment possibilities and revenue generation. It is believed that the Project would benefit the local population along with the stakeholders, besides playing important role in overall development and prosperity of the province. The jubilant people of Loralai applauded the endeavours made by the Pak Army and government of Balochistan in this regard and hoped that project would usher in a new era of development particularly in the poverty-stricken areas of Loralai. It was rather a historic moment for the people of the area to find COAS among them, which enthused them and especially when he got him mixed with them and paid a patient hearing to their issues with the resolve to address them.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 22, 2011
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