NAB to file reference against Shehbaz, Hamza in Ramzan Sugar Mills case


The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reportedly decided to file a reference against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and his son, Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz, in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

According to reports, the reference will be filed against the father-son duo within the ongoing month.

A formal approval for filing the reference will be given by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, reports quoted an anti-graft watchdog official as saying.

The NAB has already acquired the asset details and bank records of both Shehbaz and Hamza, whereas permission to question the former Punjab chief minister in jail has also been granted to the bureau.

Hamza has twice appeared before NAB in cases pertaining to the accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income and Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

The NAB had launched an investigation against the PML-N leader and his brother Salman Shehbaz for allegedly amassing assets beyond means of income. Hamza had earlier obtained protective bail from the Lahore High Court (LHC) to avoid his possible arrest as witnessed in his father and other PML-N leaders’ case.

Earlier on October 30, both Hamza and Salman Shehbaz had not appeared before NAB in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. NAB had summoned them both along with the directors of Ramzan Sugar Mills over illegal construction of a bridge from national exchequer to facilitate their mills, allegedly causing a loss of Rs200 million.

Hamza is also being probed by the anti-graft watchdog in the Saaf Pani Company scam.