ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad granted seven-day remand of veteran Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal in National Sports City Narowal case on Monday.
Ahsan Iqbal’s counsel Barrister Zafarullah has opposed the remand. The suspect is accused of misusing his authority in awarding contract of construction of the sports facility.
Barrister Zafarullah said the federal government could not construct the project following the 18th Amendment of the Constitution. Finance secretaries of the four provinces were present at the time of approval of the sports complex.
“No crime could be made in Narowal Sports City project,” he said.
NAB prosecutor Usman Mirza said Ahsan Iqbal did not even make a feasibility report of the project which showed his ill-intention. He said the PML-N leader wanted to favor his locality and for this purpose he used funds from the public exchequer. The NAB prosecutor alleged that he had committed corruption.
Ahsan Iqbal on Monday filed an application against Prime Minister Imran Khan in an accountability court of Islamabad.
“Application to include Imran Khan Niazi in NAB investigation for stopping the funding for National Sports City Narowal causing billions of rupees of damages and loss to the exchequer,” Ahsan Iqbal wrote along a picture of the application in his tweet.
In the plea, he said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had accused him of misusing his authority in construction of Narowal Sports City, Pakistan’s first residential and integrated sports training facility.
“I feel that I didn’t commit any crime by supporting a landmark sports infrastructure project for our young sporting talent to be trained on world class facilities,” he said adding that the crime actually was to sabotage the project by stopping work on it and PM Imran Khan’s not releasing funds for it.