It is quite appreciable that besides spending huge funds on measures for welfare and well-being of the people throughout the province, the Punjab Government is also paying due attention to explore and develop wealth of minerals resources gifted by Almighty Allah also for their progress and prosperity. 

According to the reports in the media, the provincial government has signed an agreement with a Turkish drilling company for the second phase of iron ore reserves of Chiniot. Accordingly, the Turkish company will start drilling operations to unearth the hidden natural resources in Chiniot from next month and complete the job in eight months. 

Provincial Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif ,who was the chief guest at the agreement signing ceremony, welcomed the accord and said it is good that the assessment work of the natural reserves will be completed in just eight months. The second phase is quite important keeping in view the public welfare and prosperity and the wealth hidden underground will be utilised by adopting practical steps in light of the report submitted by the Turkish drilling company in due course of time. 

According to the reports which have been appearing in the newspapers from time to time quoting the official sources, iron ore reserves in Chiniot are about 150 million tons or so and that too of good quality. It is part of the resources which nature has gifted to the people of the province and this should be continuously explored, developed and utilised for their welfare as committed by the Chief Minister. 

MEEM ZAY RIFAT,  

Lahore, October 18.