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Pakistan is squandering a sublime bequest – its gemstones

Sprawling across the gentlest of Hindu Kush, Himalayan and Karakorum ranges, Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province is home to some of the world’s rarest gems and rock crystals. This god-gifted treasure might be a major source of economic prosperity for the country. However large-scale illegal mining and the antiquated excavation processes deployed by “gem mafia” […]