In Maulana Abdul Haque Baloch et al. v. Government of Balochistan through Security Industry and Mineral Development et al., the Pakistan Supreme Court held that a joint venture agreement and its arbitration clause made between a local development authority and an international exploration company was invalid on public policy grounds. This article will discuss the complex background of the case, the court's holding, the arbitration proceeding that occurred notwithstanding the court's hearing on the merits of the contract validity, and the implications for the separability doctrine in future joint venture agreements.
Sara E. Myirski, Copper, Gold, Corruption, and No Arbitral Relief: A Recent Pakistan Supreme Court Calls Into Question the Doctrine of Separability, 6 Y.B. Arb. & Mediation 305 (2014).