In main reduction to Ahsan Iqbal, IHC dismisses NAB’s Narowal corruption reference

Minister for Planning, Growth, and Particular Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal holds a press convention exterior the Islamabad Excessive Court docket, on September 21, 2022. — YouTube/PTVNewsLive

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) Wednesday dismissed the Nationwide Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Narowal Sports activities Metropolis corruption reference in opposition to federal minister Ahsan Iqbal.

In 2019, the anti-corruption watchdog arrested Iqbal and later, in 2020, an accountability court docket indicted him.

The watchdog alleged that the the minister for planning, improvement, and particular initiatives misused his authority to illegally improve the scope of the undertaking from Rs34.75 million to Rs2,994 million roughly.

NAB alleged the sports activities metropolis undertaking was conceived in step with the instruction of Iqbal with none feasibility in 1999. It was initially permitted at a value of Rs34.74 million by the Central Growth Working Get together (CDWP), which Iqbal headed.

NAB claimed that Iqbal illegally directed the Pakistan Sports activities Board (PSB) and NESPAK to extend the undertaking’s scope, enhancing the price to Rs97.52 million.

Nevertheless, Iqbal had at all times denied all of the allegations levelled in opposition to him and had additionally moved Islamabad’s court docket to have the reference in opposition to him dismissed.

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