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‘Thar coal exploitation must’

The government should pay proper attention to exploit Thar coal to contain the energy crisis, cut oil import bill, provides jobs and boost economy, according to a statement issued by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Monday.

“This project is a must for revenue generation, future progress and the national security of the country. It is the only option for survival,” it said.

“The lack of coordination between provincial and federal governments has been keeping Thar coal to alleviate sufferings of the people and the economy, said Tariq Mehmood, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Health, and Director Pakistan-UK Business Council, FPCCI, it said.

Pakistan cannot afford to delay exploitation of one of the world’s largest lignite deposits spread over more than 9,000km, he said.

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