In photos: Marble quarrying in Mohmand Agency
GHALANAI, Mohmand Agency -- The vast variety of marble found in Mohmand Agency is known throughout Pakistan and the world, and local marble stakeholders are urging the government to help the business thrive.
"Mohmand Agency produces various kinds and colours of marble, including white, gray and pink, as well as other colours and varieties," Wali Khan, president of the Marble Union in Baizai area, told Pakistan Forward.
Marble mining began in Mohmand Agency in 1990, but modern extraction facilities are needed to advance the industry.
"A lack of modern facilities is affecting the business," Khan said. "Due to the use of explosive material [for extraction], we are losing more than 80% of the marble."