I believe that Dr Samar Mubarikmand has caused irreparable damage to the development of Thar coal. His approach to Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) has not only wasted billions of rupees, in an untested technology, but has also stalled the mining of this vital deposit. Now he is talking about IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle). With no background or experience of commercial mining, he is heading the Punjab Mining Company and continues to derail the mining industry. There has to be a serious review of his misconduct to save the mining sector. Our nuclear scientists have over stretched the trust of the nation; it is time for them to go home.

DR FARID MALIK,

Lahore, May 31.