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Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza Shahbaz indicted in Ramzan Mills reference

April 9, 2019

Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif and his son, Hamza Shahbaz, have been indicted in the Ramazan Sugar Mills reference.

The PML-N leaders appeared before an accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday.

Related: Hamza Shahbaz’s bail extended by Lahore High Court till April 17

The opposition leader and his son are accused of constructing a drain around the Hamza-owned sugar mills using the money from the national treasury. The manager of the Ramzan Sugar Mills, Muhammad Mushtaq, was arrested while trying to leave the country at the Lahore airport on April 8. Mushtaq’s name was on the Exit Control List.

Former Punjab CM said that he saved billions of rupees for the provinces. “Why would I do all this for the construction of a drain?”

The judge said that this is just an accusation. Shehbaz and Hamza pleaded not guilty to the alleged corruption.

NAB has been ordered to present their witness at the next hearing.

Related: Ramzan Sugar Mills manager Muhammad Mushtaq arrested in Lahore

The bureau had summoned Shehbaz in an assets case, but he has asked for more time.

Shehbaz has already been indicted in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme scam.

The Ashiana Housing Society scheme was launched to provide low-cost housing to the public but an investigation into the project unearthed a mega-corruption scandal. Shehbaz had launched the Rs14 billion housing project in 2010 with the hopes of building 50,000 houses.

He allegedly cancelled the contract of a company that won the bidding for the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scheme and awarded it to another company, Lahore Casa Developers. This caused a loss of Rs6 million to the national exchequer. Lahore Casa Developers is a subset of Paragon City, which is said to be owned by PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique. In March, Rafique distanced himself from Paragon.



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