NAB arrests Ahsan Iqbal for corruption.


ISLAMABAD -- National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi yesterday arrested PML-N senior leader and Member National Assembly Ahsan Iqbal in Narowal Sports Complex corruption case from the Bureau premises.

NAB investigation team had summoned the former interior minister for recording his statement in Narowal Sports Complex case.

A NAB spokesperson confirming arrest of PML-N leader in a short statement said, 'NAB Rawalpindi arrested MNA Ahsan Iqbal in Narowal Sports Complex scandal. The NAB also called doctors team for medical examination. The accused will be produced before accountability court for physical remand tomorrow (Tuesday).'

He further said, 'NAB Rawalpindi will present grounds of arrest of Ahsan Iqbal tomorrow before accountability court Islamabad for remanding him into NAB custody.' He asked the media to avoid speculations in this regard. He said NAB had also informed National Assembly speaker about arrest of MNA Ahsan.'

In 2018, NAB Chairman Justice (R) Javed Iqbal had ordered NAB Rawalpindi to initiate inquiry into alleged misappropriation of government funds in construction of the Narowal Sports City against Ahsan Iqbal .

Last week, NAB's Rawalpindi team along with Pakistan Works and Development officials had inspected the Narowal Sports City and collected record from the local administration in this case and also recorded statements of contractors.

NAB investigation team asked questions about the project cost and why the previous government had chosen only Narowal for this project during his first appearance in this case. He had appeared before NAB probe team thrice but he could not give satisfactory replies to probe team questions related to Narowal Sports Complex case during investigation, NAB official claimed.

In October last, NAB had also sought bank accounts details of Ahsan Iqbal , his wife and family members from State Bank of Pakistan.

According to the PSDP 2018-19 report, cost of the project was Rs2.9 billion and Rs2.5 billion had already been spent. The funds allocated were spent through the Sports Board of Pakistan (PSB) and the Ministry of Sports had been devolved after the 18th Constitutional Amendment and it was a provincial subject. The complainant raised the question that there was no need to build this mega project near the Indian border and in a small city of Narowal.

Talking to media before appearing in NAB yesterday, Ahsan Iqbal said, the project was started after the approval of Cabinet, Parliament...

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