LAHORE – The Lahore High court on Monday declared the relocation of three sugar mills believed to be owned by Sharif family members ‘illegal’.
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Hearing a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen, Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah while heading a two-member bench ordered to shift back Haseeb Waqas, Ittefaq, and Chaudhry Sugar Mills to their original location within a time period of three months, in an apparent blow to the former first family currently embroiled in NAB references after the Panama case verdict.
The Lahore High Court in March had ordered the immediate sealing of two sugar mills owned by the former ruling Sharif family and their close relatives.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah directed the session judges concerned to shut down Haseeb Waqas Sugar Mills in Muzaffargarh and Chaudhry Sugar Mills in Rahim Yar Khan.
The bench was hearing intra-court appeals filed by the two mills and Ittefaq Sugar Mills challenging a single bench’s decision to set aside the shifting of the mills to new locations in south Punjab.
In October last year, the single bench declared the shifting of five sugar mills owned by close relatives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from one district to other as illegal on petitions filed by JDW Sugar Mills of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen and others.
Moreover, in an order passed by the Lahore High court in April, the owners of Chaudhry Sugar Mills were barred from using raw materials.