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Sports City reference: Ahsan Iqbal files bail petition in IHC

January 31, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal filed plea in Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking his bail in Narowal Sports City corruption case.

The petition stated that Iqbal has not rejected to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). It added that he had been arrested on December 19 when he appeared in an investigation session.

The petition further stated that the project was a matter related to a province which had been given approval at every forum. The petitioner said that he is not facing any illegal benefits or bribery, whereas, the anti-corruption watchdog has not filed any reference against him.

Ahsan Iqbal is accused of using funds of the federal government and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for a sports city in Narowal. He had already filed a reply to a questionnaire given to him by the Bureau previously. NAB had announced to initiate a probe into alleged violation of rules in the construction of the National Sports City project.

NAB in a statement said it had received a complaint that the Narowal Sports City was constructed at a cost of approximately Rs6 billion, which is a violation of rules and had resulted in heavy losses to the national exchequer.