Islamabad (February 21, 2018): The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered to reopen the sugar mills of the Sharif family in the interest of farmers.
The decision came during a case on purchase of sugar cane from growers heard by three member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar.
He said that the three sugar mills would submit the accounts record of sugar cane purchased every month in the court.
The chief Justice of Pakistan further asked Aitezaz Ahsan who is representing the PTI Leader Jahangir Tareen that he should not commit such things that could not be fulfilled.
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He remarked that the sugar mills should pick sugar cane from the locations specified by the commissioners and the mill owners should bear the expense until, the crushing begins.
It is pertinent to mention here that On January 11, the apex court halted the relocation of Sharif family’s sugar mills as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen ensured to lift the crop from farmers of South Punjab.
According to the details, the Supreme Court accepted for hearing the Sharif family’s plea against the Lahore High Court (LHC) decision ordering the shifting of their sugar mills out of South Punjab.
The case was heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. The court asked JWD Sugar Mill, owned by Tareen, to buy the whole stock of sugarcane and make sure that the farmers do not suffer any loss.
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During the hearing, the chief justice ordered Tareen’s counsel, Aitzaz Ahsan, to assure the court that Tareen’s sugar mills will purchase the available sugarcane from farmers at the government rate.
Ahsan stated in court that the area’s five sugar mills will buy the sugarcane from the farmers.
The chief justice observed that farmers’ interests are supreme and ordered to ensure that the farmers are paid fair and square by the mill owners.Jahangir Tareen’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan assured that JWD Sugar Mill will follow the apex court’s directions.
The chief justice remarked that he will personally monitor the proceedings of sugarcane’s purchase from the growers, and hold hearing inside his chamber in case on any complain.
The case has been adjourned till April 18.
Earlier, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday refused to issue a stay order against a Lahore High Court (LHC) order for the repatriation of three sugar mills believed to be owned by the Sharif family.In September last year, the LHC had ordered the mills, owned by members of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s family, to move out of South Punjab.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen, a South Punjab-based businessman, had taken the Sharifs to court over the illegal shifting of their sugar mills to South Punjab despite a ban.