ISLAMABAD - International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Tribunal has rejected application of Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), allowing the Balochistan government and Dr Sammar Mubarakmand to carry out mining and smelting of H4 in Reko Diq.

Balochistan Advocate General Amanullah Kanrani told the media in Islamabad that a three-member tribunal comprising Dr Klaus Sachs, Lord Hoffman and Stanimir Alexandrov gave the verdict in favour of the Balochistan government.

It was a unanimous decision in which the tribunal had declined to accept TCC's pleas regarding urgency and irreparable loss, he said.

The tribunal gave a go ahead to the Balochistan government, with a condition to keep on informing it about every development at the Reko Diq site.

The claimant (TCC) had requested to freeze the work of the of Balochistan government in 99 square kilometres including H/4.

Kanrani told the media that the government in its reply had stated that the team was working on H/4 area that is 12 kilometres away from H/14 and H/15 for which the TCC had filed feasibility.

Giving details of the proceedings, he said that Dr Samar also appeared before the tribunal in London to explain the technical details of the project and stated that earliest development of H/4 was in the interest of the people of Balochistan.

"Earlier the application of TCC was rejected by the Mining authority of Balochistan on the grounds that they had filed feasibility report for only 6 kilometres comprising two deposits whereas they wanted to acquire 99 kilometres that contained 14 deposits", Kanrani said. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Arthur Marruitt QC, Ms Mahnaz Malik, John Kingston and Cherie Blair QC along with the Balochistan advocate general represented Pakistan before the tribunal.