Court docket halts operations of three Sharif household sugar mills

The Supreme Court docket (SC) on Thursday whereas listening to a case towards the shifting of sugar mills from north to south Punjab halted the crushing operations of the Sharif household’s Ittefaq, Chaudhry and Haseeb sugar mills.
PPP Senator Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel for Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Jahangir Tareen’s JDW Sugar Mills Ltd, advised a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar that the shifting of sugar mills is an unlawful transfer, citing a 2006 Punjab authorities notification that not solely banned the creation of latest mills, but in addition the shifting of their areas.
Defence counsel Salman Akram Raja argued {that a} 2015 modification within the 2006 notification, overseen by the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, made provisions for the shifting of sugar mills from one level to a different, though the creation of latest mills stays unlawful.
As CJP Nisar ordered a halt within the mills’ crushing operations, Raja contended that such a transfer would render hundreds of staff jobless and the mill would lose Rs380 million because of this.
Moreover, Raja additionally maintained that the stoppage of operations would shut down the facility plant hooked up to the sugar mill.
The CJP, elevating a query in regards to the shareholders within the mill, requested whether or not the Punjab chief minister’s son, Hamza Shahbaz, had any stake within the operation.
The defence counsel denied Hamza Shahbaz had any stake within the mills, and defined that Tariq Shafi, Javed Shafi and their households are stakeholders within the operation.
The apex court docket handed the case all the way down to the Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC) and instructed the LHC chief justice to listen to all sides of the case and ship a verdict inside every week.

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