The Anti-Corruption Establishment Took Action against Sharif Family’s Sugar Mills
- The government has taken action against the Sharif family’s sugar mills and took over the possession of 36kanals of land.
- The members of the Sharif family will soon be issued notices in this regard by the ACE to record their statements about the encroachment of state land.
- The move is said to be non-political as the ACE is showing zero-tolerance against those who occupied state land.
The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment has retrieved 36kanals of land allegedly encroached upon by mills of the Sharif family in Sahiwal some 37 years ago.
According to the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment, Ittefaq Sugar Mills had encroached upon an area of state land measuring 36kanals and made part of it in 1982.
However, the mills had shifted its machinery to Rahim Yar Khan to set up other sugar mills which were lately stopped by the Supreme Court.
The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has retrieved the land in collaboration with the Sahiwal deputy commissioner, revenue and police officials.
The Chief of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment, GoharNafees, ordered an inquiry into the matter.
He directed to fix responsibility in this regard as well as receive rent from the owners of mills for 37 years so the national exchequer’s loss could be compensated.
According to the reports, the members of the Sharif family will soon be issued notices in this regard by the ACE to record their statements with regard to encroachment of state land.
The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment will also ask Nawaz Sharif in KotLakhpat jail about a three-decade-old case pertaining to alleged illegal allotment of land.
The officials of the ACE, revenue and police visited the site. Out of the 36kanals of occupied land inside the mills, 16kanals were found vacant and on the remaining area, stores of sugar and a laboratory were built.
The cost of the land at the site was Rs22.5million. Further, no rent of the land has been paid since 1982 and its value will be in billions.
Currently, the mill is not functional as the Sharif family had shifted its machinery to Rahim Yar Khan to set up another sugar mill.
Although the mill in Sahiwal had not been functional for quite some time, its owners had the land possession.
Two months ago, a four-member ACE team had recorded Nawaz Sharif’s statement in jail in this case. However, the former premier couldn’t give a satisfactory reply to the ACE, saying how he could remember anything so old.
When a team of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment sought a reply about the allegation that he being chief minister of Punjab in 1986 allotted the land in violation of the court order, Nawaz said:
“This case is over 30-year-old and I do not remember anything about this. My legal team will givea response in this regard.”
Earlier this year, a joint investigation team (JIT) had recommended the initiation of criminal proceedings against several individuals, including Nawaz Sharif.
This was for withdrawing a Dec 17, 1969, notification and allotting 14,394kanals land of Auqaf around the shrine to DewanGhulamQutab in 1986, allegedly in violation of a Lahore High Court (LHC) order.