There are no two opinions about Mian Shahbaz Sharifs contention that the countrys natural resources have not been fully exploited and had we developed them, we would not have to frequently ask the international community for financial assistance. Pakistan is a country rich in natural resources no doubt, as we have coal reserves at Thar and mineral wealth in Balochistan. These range from Sandaik reserves to Reko Diq and others. Likewise, there is also plenty of water flowing in our rivers and going waste to sea, yet we could not build Kalabagh Dam to make use of it and boost our economy. The menace of load shedding and energy crisis has brought the economy to the brink of disaster. There are gas resources as well. In many parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also, gas deposits have been detected yet for years, no drilling work has been initiated. All this is due to the procrastination of successive governments. And to a very large extent we have been unable to develop our resources for lack of interest in developing our own engineering and scientific sectors. Rather than strengthening our human capital, we have been relying on foreign experts, when it comes to tapping the countrys natural resources. The deals that are struck with foreign companies are oftentimes exploitative and at the end of the day, while the minerals are stashed away abroad, the only beneficiaries are the bureaucrats and politicians who pocket hefty kickbacks and commissions. This element of underhand dealing is being suspected in the case of Reko Diq project that a foreign company is running. The peoples only hope remains the Supreme Court of Pakistan that has bravely taken notice of this issue. The bottom line is that we ought to develop our natural resources but at the same time, not only should the government rely on our own engineers and scientists, the money generated from these natural resources should be spent on the welfare of the public especially in eliminating the sense of deprivation in the areas where they are located.