ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir has invited foreign investors to play their due role in exploring the hidden reserves of Pakistan and to fully utilize this potential as the Country is blessed with rich mineral resources.
“There are vast mining opportunities in our Country which will be realized through joint efforts,” he said while speaking at “Pakistan Minerals Summit” in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The Army Chief said that Pakistan’s first Mineral Summit lays down new rules of ease of doing business for domestic and foreign investors in Pakistan as mineral projects are keys to success.
General Syed Asim Munir assured a friendly and efficient investor system, promoting ease of doing business and avoiding unnecessary delays.
“We will ensure such an investor-friendly system that will ensure easy terms and avoid unnecessary delays,” he said.
The Army Chief recited verses 155 and 156 of Surah Al-Baqarah, emphasizing the inevitability of tests and trials, and the need to return to Allah Almighty during difficult times.
The COAS highlighted the establishment of the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) as a collaborative effort of the government and all institutions, bringing various partners together. He said that it is our social responsibility to play our role in unison for the Country’s economy.
General Asim Munir appreciated the abundant beauty and resources of Pakistan, ranging from snow-capped mountains to vast deserts, coastlines, and plains. He emphasized that mineral projects are crucial for the Country’s development and progress.
Quoting from Surah Rahman, the Army Chief reminded the attendees of the blessings bestowed upon them by the Almighty. He encouraged a shared commitment that would elevate Pakistan to new heights and unlock its potential.
Referring to the Holy Qur’an, the Army Chief reiterated that Allah helps those who take action and help themselves.
The COAS expressed gratitude to Barrick Gold CEO and President Mark Bristow, the Saudi Mining Minister Engineer Khalid bin Saleh Al Madifar, and other investors.
Drawing inspiration from Allama Iqbal’s poetry, the Army Chief urged everyone to play their part in the nation’s economic growth and maintain hope even during challenging times.