PM Shahbaz Receives Permanent Exemption in Sugar Mills Case

The accountability court in Lahore approved Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s request for permanent exemption from appearance in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.
During the hearing today, PM Shehbaz and his son, Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, both requested to miss court proceedings given their busy schedules. The PM pleaded that he made sure to appear before the court whenever he was summoned because he believed it to be his “duty and responsibility”. But, he said that due to his commitment to the nation as prime minister, he has applied for exemption from attendance to fulfil his national responsibilities.

“I have never filed an unwarranted attendance apology. I also have to meet the IMF delegation, and other international delegations; however, if the court rejects my request for exemption from attendance, I will appear again,” PM stated.

PM Shehbaz further testified that the drain in Chiniot was constructed at the request of a local member of the provincial assembly, for which the approval of the provincial cabinet was also sought.

He said, “As the Punjab CM, I have always given priority to the welfare of the people. In fixing the price of sugarcane, the interests of the farmer were taken into consideration instead of the sugar mills.”
The court completed PM’s attendance and other accused and allowed him to leave. Upon completion of the hearing, the court granted PM Shehbaz’s request for exemption from permanent attendance and adjourned further hearing of the case till July 5.

Meanwhile, the accountability court heard the Ashiana housing scandal case against Shehbaz Sharif and other accused, including Ahad Cheema. The PM Shahbaz Shareef appeared before the court and completed his attendance while also seeking exemption in the case. Seeking a response from NAB over his plea, the court adjourned the hearing of the case till July 5.

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