Sugar mill owners summoned by Supreme Court

Zulfiqar Mirza and Chaudhry Munir are among the rest of the mill owners sought by the apex court

Hasnaat Mailk April 24, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: In what could set a major precedence, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has summoned Sharif brothers, Asif Ali Zardari and other sugar mill owners to appear in person on Thursday and explain non-payment to cane farmers and growers.

The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, heard the suo motu case on Tuesday.

"The Court finds it expedient that the owners (not the CEOs/directors etc.) of all the sugar mills in Pakistan must personally appear to explain and resolve the issue in hand," the court order read.

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Other mill owners named in the case were Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Tareen, father-in-law of Maryam Nawaz’s daughter Chaudhry Munir, former Home Minister Zufiqar Mirza, Humayun Akhtar, Haroon Akhtar, Khusru Bakhtiar, Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf.

Moreover, the communique continued, this press release shall be deemed to be a public notice to all the owners of the sugar mills in Pakistan for their personal appearance before the Court.


Manzoor Ahmed | 6 years ago | Reply Great initiative by Supreme Court of Pakistan but instead of summoning sugar mills owners for non payment to cane farmers and growers they should nationalize all sugar mills guilty of this crime. If they have not paid then they should be punished straight and their mills seized. Their books should be checked to see how much money they have made by hoarding sugar and selling on black market at exorbitant rates. All money should be recovered and then disbursed to growers and farmers accordingly.
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