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NAB files reference against Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a new reference in the accountability court against PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz in connection with the Ramzan Sugar Mills case

The father and son have been named as primary accused in reference filed over constructing a drain of the Ramzan Sugar Mill at the expenses of public exchequer.

NAS said Shahbaz Sharif, being chief minister of Punjab, had issued a directive for the construction of a drain in Chiniot district primarily to benefit the sugar mills owned by his sons.

It accused Shehbaz of misusing his authority as Punjab chief minister to benefit factories owned by his sons.

The bureau alleges that Shahbaz and Hamza have “fraudulently and dishonestly” caused a Rs213 million loss to the national exchequer. It claims to have obtained “sufficient incriminating” material and evidence during the investigation and prayed the court to try and punish the aforementioned accused.

Shahbaz has already been indicted in the Ashiyana Housing reference, whereas Hamza also faces an inquiry in an income beyond means case.