PESHAWAR - Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Barrister Masood Kausar has said that both the province and FATA are rich in mineral resources ranging from marble and other semi-precious stones to gold and oil and gas reserves, which demand efficient approach and effective measures to make them fully beneficial for the people.

Addressing as the chief guest at a conference on mineral sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA held under the auspices of Regional Institute for Mineral Development; a non-government organization, in Peshawar on Thursday, the Governor said, “Focus on purposeful development of manpower coupled with encouraging potential investors is indeed the need of the hour for efficient exploitation of the abundantly available resources.”

Provincial Minister for Mines and Minerals and Industries Nawabzada Mahamood Zeb Khan, MPA Malik Tehmash Khan and a renowned geologist and former Vice Chancellor of University of Peshawar, Prof: Ghulam Jan Khan Tahir Kheli were also present besides, researchers, scholars, senior government officials of the mines and mineral departments of the province and FATA. While the Chairman of the Institute, Ghulam Mustafa Bughio, welcomed the Governor and the delegates and highlighted the working and achievements of the organization.

Appreciating the holding of the moot, the Governor said, “There is also a need to promote market oriented education and skill development on scientific lines in this particular field as well and the forums like this moot are the effective means to discuss and guide the policy makers for making this possible.”

Similarly, he said, the overseas Pakistanis especially working in Middle East could also prove to be result-oriented investors. The Governor while referring to his recent abroad visits said, “I myself have contacted many of overseas Pakistanis who have the earnest desire to contribute for the development of their motherland by investing their earnings in workable fields. There is also a need to establish Mineral Trading Yards to encourage businessmen from the rest of the country and involve them in mineral trade,” he added.