Shehbaz, Hamza likely to be indicted in Ramzan Sugar Mills case today


LAHORE: An accountability court is likely to indict Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz in Ramzan Sugar Mills case today.

Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan will resume hearing of the case as both suspects have been directed to ensure their appearance in the court.

In the previous hearing, the court had handed over the reference copies to Shehbaz and Hamza and directed them to appear on the next hearing so that they could be indicted.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had earlier on Feb 18 filed a reference against the PML-N president and his son, accusing the former of misusing his authority to get a 10-km drain constructed in Chiniot to facilitate Ramzan Sugar Mills, which was owned by his sons.

NAB officials said Shehbaz, being chief minister of Punjab, misused his authority by issuing directives for the construction of a 10 kilometer long drain in Chiniot district primarily to benefit the sugar mills his sons owned. Shehbaz and Hamza have been accused of fraudulently causing a Rs213 million loss to the national exchequer.

According to a list prepared by NAB, former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif’s then Implementation Secretary Ahmed Javed Qazi, Imdadullah Bosal, then Secretary to CM Syed Tariq Shah and then Admin Secretary Tariq Masood would record their statements in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

Former DCO Chiniot Dr Irshad, Shoukat Ali, National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) Chief Engineer Muhammad Ayoob, Section Officer PHS Zulfiqar Ali, officer Namaat Ali will also record testimonies in the sugar mill case.

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