Drastic reduction in marble royalty soon: CM Khattak

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PESHAWAR, Nov 6: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in view of the long-standing demand of mines’ owners and mining contractors has announced drastic reduction in marble royalty besides solving all genuine problems faced by the traders of marble and other mining sectors. minesHe made clear that PTI-led coalition government was eager to exploit the hidden natural resources as well as accelerate economic and trade activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Besides facilitating the local mining dealers and traders, no stone would be left unturned to provide attractive incentives to the local and foreign investors in this regard, he added. However he cautioned against any blackmailing by any association or group in this regard. He was talking to a representative delegation of the mining workers and dealers from across the province at his office CM Secretariat Peshawar. The delegation led by Ghulam Haider welcomed the generous announcement the Chief Minister and ended their protest and agitation campaign as well as assure full cooperation to the provincial govt for promotion of mines and minerals development. Provincial Minister for Mines and Mineral Development ZiaUllah Afridi, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Secretaries of Industries, Mines, Finance and other concerned authorizes were also present on the occasion while the delegation included Haji Hidayat Ullah, Muhammad Rafique, Haji Iqbal Rabbani, Jehangir Khan, Junaid Khan Jadoon, Abdullah Shah, Amir Zaman, Haji Wazir Mohammad, Taimur Khan, Engr. Abdul Zahir, Javed Khan, Mubashir Hussain, NaimatUllah, Ghulam Jan, Arshad Iqbal, Karim Babak and Abdul Hakim. Pervez Khattak reiterated that given the rich natural resources of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it is high time that these are explored and utilized for the benefit of the people of the province. He revealed that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minerals Policy-2014 has been launched to be followed by mining act soon and acknowledged that the visionary chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaaf Imran Khan always stressed upon the need to develop the minerals sector of KP in order to benefit from our rich resources.]]>

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