ISLAMABAD - Caretaker Federal Minister for Industries & Production Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf Sheikh has said that marble stone industry should be promoted in Balochistan and FATA to create employment opportunities.

He said this while chairing the briefing session about the Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) where the minister was briefed about the working of the PASDEC, its various ongoing projects throughout the country and issues involved.

The minister assured that every possible support would be provided to PASDEC for the development of the marble stone industry in Pakistan because country’s marble stone is of superior quality.

He said the need is to explore international market for the supply of marble stone. He also stressed on exploiting of the granite reserves available in the various parts of the country, which will lead to the economic prosperity in these areas in particular, and the whole country in general.

He said since there is no shortage of natural resources so what we need to do is to exploit these resources according to the international standards and by introducing the finished products in the international markets foreign exchange can be earned.

Meanwhile, a briefing was given to the minister on the Pakistan Steel Mills. It was told that Russia is willing to provide $1 billion package for the expansion of the Pakistan Steel Mills. The minister observed that Steel Mills is a strategic asset of the country and its revival and restructuring is vital. The Minister directed the Ministry officials to prepare a detail plan in this regard so that the issue may be put up is next cabinet meeting.