SC postpones judgement on Sharif mills transfer

The Supreme Court on Thursday heard cases regarding southern Punjab sugar mills pleas and sugarcane farmers’ appeals.

During the hearing, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Jahangir Tareen’s counsel Aitazaz Ahsan gave a guarantee in writing that five sugar mills in the area will buy all sugarcane from the farmers.

To that, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar replied saying that SC will observe the buying process for one day and sugar mills must buy sugarcane at Rs180. He also said that he will hear the farmers’ complaints over the issue soon.

During the proceeding, CJP remarked saying “Don’t lie to Baba Rehmat. A weak CJP is blind and deaf whose eyes and ears are shut but I am aware of what’s happening around. I know on whose insistence the farmers’ showed up to court.”

Lift entire crop or Sharif’s mills will be allowed crushing: SC tells Jahangir Tareen

In its observation, SC said that Sharif mills transfer including four mills has been postponed for three months. After the hearing farmers stopped  Jahangir Tareen and complained that it’s because of him that the farmers are not getting the right rate of sugarcane. Tareen responded saying that his sugar mills are buying sugarcane on government prices, the chief minister of Punjab is responsible for the rest of mills.

It is to be noted that in 2006, the government halted the inauguration of new sugar mills and Shehbaz Sharif allowed the transmission of Sharif mills.

On this basis only Sharif family mills including Ittefaq mills, Haseeb Waqas mills and Chaudhry Sugar mills were shifted to southern Punjab and Jahangir Tareen and five other sugar mill owners registered their complaints against this development.

The Lahore High Court declared the Sharif sugar mills transmission illegal and asked them to move back to the original place.


Apex court's three-judge bench announced the verdict on Friday

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