Balochistan has been a site of contention and confrontation for centuries, though changes in the subcontinent allowed for the emergence of a cooperative environment. Britishers used Balochistan for passing through trade routes. Moreover, Balochistan had more of an ideal location in order to connect with other regions.

Another specialty of Balochistan is the soil of the province, it is full of minerals and enriched with natural beauty. Now from one perspective, these natural resources can be utilized for revenue generation. In this context, Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo said that Balochistan is rich in natural resources and will provide massive investment opportunities to investors. The Chief Minister said that the government has taken tangible steps for establishing peace and security in the province and building a safe environment for international investors. He also said that the CPEC provided an important opportunity to Balochistan for development and by opening new avenues of investment, trade and business. Moreover, the CM welcomed investors interested in setting up industries in Gwadar their units will be fully protected by the government.

The Chief Minister accompanying the Chinese delegation said that in the form of CPEC Balochistan has got an important opportunity for development, opening new avenues of investment, trade and business for the whole country.

Furthermore, over US $1 trillion worth of natural resources have been discovered in Balochistan including, gold, copper, black pearl, oil, valuable stones, coal, chromite and natural gas.  Additionally, Balochistan has an oceanic coastline that stretches along with one of the world’s most important shipping routes i.e. the Straits of Hormuz. Balochistan’s resources could potentially support the population of Balochistan and bring prosperity to the region.

The main places of Balochistan where natural resources have been discovered are Recko Diq, Saindak, Sui, Bolan Chamalang, Quetta etc. The word Saindak (siaheen dik) in Balochi means black rock. The locality of Saindak is located in the corner of Balochistan. Copper, gold, silver, and iron are a few of the more well-known and important minerals present in Balochistan. Moreover, all four are found in large quantities in Chagai District. One very large deposit of copper and gold found in the small town of Reko Diq in Chagai District has recently been the source of a great deal of controversy and a court case. The agreements made with international mining companies and the resulting distribution of income is the main source of argument.

Furthermore, According to the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP), there are 106 minerals found in Balochistan. A report stated that 39 minerals were being exploited from Balochistan, 2012 GSP data report indicated that nearly 80% of all minerals came from Balochistan. Aside from coal, natural gas, gold, copper, uranium, iron and various other well-known minerals, it also contains deposits of lead, zinc, chromite, gypsum, and limestone amongst others. Natural gas, currently the second largest energy source in Pakistan was accidentally discovered in 1952 near the town of Sui, Balochistan. In holistic view, Balochistan is a treasure mine for Pakistan, it’s up to the state crafters that how they utilize the province.


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