ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Wednesday while withdrawing stay order in Reko Diq case advised Balochistan government to decide about leasing out copper and gold mining project to Tethyan Copper Company Pakistan on merit. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing the constitutional petitions of Muhammad Tariq Asad, Barrister Zafarullah from Watan Party, Maulana Abdul Haque Baloch and others against the federal government through federal secretary ministry of petroleum and natural resources, and the government of Balochistan through secretary industries and others against leasing out gold and copper mines in Balochistan to foreign exploration and mining companies.The court stated that without being influenced that the matter was pending in the apex court, the Balochistan government should decide the granting of mining lease to the TCCP as early as possible strictly on merit and in accordance with law and rules. It directed the Balochistan advocate general to intimate the SC register about the decision when it would be made. The chief justice said: No final order has been passed therefore leaving it to the elected Balochistan government to consider the request of TCCP of granting mining lease or otherwise, the court would keep the petitions pending. During the proceeding, the petitioners and defence counsels agreed that the Balochistan government should be allowed to decide the matter. relating to the issuance of mining licence. The case was adjourned for indefinite period.