LHC reserves verdict in Sharif sugar mills’ relocation case

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday reserved verdict in a case pertaining to relocation of sugar mills owned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family, ARY News reported.

Petitioner’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan argued before the bench that despite the court’s stay order, Sharif family shifted its three sugar mills from one district to another in southern Punjab.

A divisional bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, was hearing Jahangir Tareen’s petition against relocation of the sugar mills.

The petition says that relocation of sugar mills to new locations despite the ban adversely affected the irrigation system and crops in southern Punjab, violating the court orders.

Ahsan argued that the ban was lifted for Sharif family without considering its impact on the adjacent areas.

“The south Punjab’s lands turning barren due to relocation of the mills”, Ahsan told the bench.

Joining the arguments, lawyer to Sharif family apprised the bench that it was not breach of law since government had issued a notification assuring permission was not mandatory for relocating mills within the boundaries of the province.

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