ISLAMABAD - Supreme Court on Wednesday has asked Dr Samar Mubarakmand, Member Science & Technology of the Planning Commission, to appear before the bench on the next date of hearing and assist the court in the case relating to exploration of gold and copper from Reko Diq, an area of Balochistan. Dr Samar was serving as consultant of Thar Coal and Reko Dik projects in the Planning Commission. Dr Samar was called to assist court in the case. The CJ said: "Dr Samar is requested to assist the court in this case." Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while heading a three-member bench that also comprised Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday regarding the development of natural resources of copper and gold in Reko Diq said: "We all are Pakistanis and should keep the national interests high." Raza Kazim, counsel for Maulana Abdul Haq Baloch, ex-MNA, and two others who had filed this case in Balochistan High Court, said $1 trillion was at stake in this case, therefore, he should be given sometime to prepare it well, and added that the mountains that had gold, copper, lithium and other minerals were 25 percent in Afghanistan and 75 percent in Pakistan. Advocate-General Balochitan, Salahuddin Mengal, said the processing license had been given to BHP (now known as BHP Billiton after a 2001 merger), the company earned millions of dollars by floating shares in market; however, Balochistan was not given even a single penny. The CJ remarked that the Processing License could not be further sold; first the license-holder should give due share to the province. He said that the Perspective Licence for the exploration of mines was given to BPH for three years in 1993 and after every three year it was renewed and now the cut off date was February 2011. Mengal said the Iran and other governments had their own refineries and they took out minerals from Pakistan. He said it was quite appreciative that two days ago ECNEC had approved Rs9 billion to set up refinery in Balochistan. He said: "Our people have expertise but its pity that we are hiring the foreign firms for the exploration of gold, copper and other valuable minerals." The company's counsel told the amount worth $435 million was spent in exploration of the natural resources with nothing earned in this regard. Deputy Attorney General Chaudhry Mazhar appearing on behalf of the Federal Government stated that the DG Minerals of the Federal Government had prepared a detailed report about the project. The court adjourned the hearing till January 12.